I have just finished our taxes, and in celebration I am toasting the tardigrade! This hardy little critter can survive the vacuum of space, the cold of near absolute zero, and temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. These little extremophiles are tough! All it asks is some moss to suck on. How can you not admire the tardigrade, who is sort of cute, in the same way certain breeds of dogs are cute.
You’ll like this short video about them on Curiosity.com. (I couldn’t find a way to embed it here.)
Are tardigrades the secret to panspermia, the seeding of life through the universe? I wonder.