We can now add "being fired out of a gun at high speeds" to the growing list of weird things tardigrades can survive. The researchers loaded two or three individuals of Hypsibius dujardini into a number of nylon sabots, which were frozen to induce the creatures' hibernation state. These sabots were then loaded into the gun, and fired at sand targets in a vacuum chamber at a range of velocities from 0.556 to 1.00 kilometers per second.That's about 1100 to 2200 mph in real measure. The faster shots didn't survive; the limit of survival was about 1800 mph. I suspect the exact number was 1812.
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