Space spider dies in D.C. Smithsonian Museum (Photo)

By on Dec 6, 2012 in Animals, United States, World Comments
Space spider dies in DC

Space spider
Image Credit: Smithsonian Institution

Space spider, Nefertiti, dies in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., according to a news report by Smithsonian on Monday, December 3, 2012.

The space spider is reportedly the first jumping spider to survive a trip in space.

According to the Smithsonian announcement, “It is with sadness that we announce the death of Nefertiti, the ‘Spidernaut.'”

Last July 2012, the International Space Station (ISS) launched the “Johnson Jumper” (“Phidippus johnsoni“) spider as part of a student-initiated science experiment. The 18-year-old Amr Mohamed from Alexandria, Egypt was reportedly behind the experiment.

Nefertiti, named in honor of an ancient queen of Egypt, reportedly survived in the ISS for 100 days.

After its successful space mission, Nefertiti was turned over to the Natural History Museum late in October and was made available for public viewing last November 29.

Smithsonian explained that “This morning [Dec. 3], before museum hours, a member of the Insect Zoo staff discovered Neffi had died of natural causes. Neffi lived for 10 months. The lifespan of the species … can typically reach up to one year.”

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