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Arabella the Spider
Birth: unknown
Death: 1973

Space Spider. Arabella, a common spider, was NASA's first eight-legged astronaut! However their were two eight legged astronauts, Anita and Arabella got their mission because a high-school student named Judy Miles wondered if spiders could spin webs in a weightless environment. She suggested sending spiders into space to find out. NASA space scientists liked her proposal and went to work designing special cages, lights, and cameras. On August 5, 1973, Arabella and Anita blasted off into space on Skylab II. On her first day in orbit, Arabella didn't do well. She spun sloppy webs and obviously felt the effects of weightlessness. The experiment was carried out on the Skylab 3 mission, which lasted 59 days from July 28 to September 25, 1973. Astronauts Alan Bean, Jack Lousma, and Owen Garriott carried out the scientific research in space, reported the results, and by her third day in space, Arabella was spinning just as though she were back at home. Her webs were finer in space, which was expected. The pattern remained the same. Arabella proved that spiders can spin nearly Earth-like webs in space. Though Arabella and Anita have both died, their bodies remain at the Smithsonian, memorialized for their small, but, vital part in our knowledge of space. (bio by: Shock) 
 
Burial:
United States Space And Rocket Center
Huntsville
Madison County
Alabama, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jul 24, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6632509
Arabella the Spider
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- sniksnak
 Added: Dec. 13, 2014
One of NASA's smallest astronauts. Rest in Peace. You are one of God's Creatures. With much Respect from,
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: Nov. 22, 2014

- DENA ANN
 Added: Oct. 25, 2014
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