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Dec 5, 2012 1:00 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Space mission spider dies at Smithsonian

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The U.S. astronaut corps has lost another member.

Nefertiti, a spider that traveled 42 million miles through space before returning to Earth in October, died after being sent to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

The experiment was designed to determine if a spider dependent on gravity for catching its meals would be able to adapt and eat in micro gravity.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/a5v96r5), the spider was able to hunt down fruit flies in her sealed space environment on the International Space Station until her food supply ran out.

The spider managed to survive despite a miscalculation on the amount of food needed for the mission.

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Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Photo Credit: NASA

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