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kashi
2005-Jan-28, 03:30 AM
Does anyone know how spider webs differ in zero-gravity. I know there was an Australian experiment on board Columbia when it broke up upon re-entry. Have there been other experiments like this?

alainprice
2005-Jan-28, 11:39 PM
Are you kidding me?

How do you even expect a spider to locomote initially? It needs to have the web started to some degree before it can even work on it. Normally, a spider would tack a strand down, then use gravity to pull a line down to the ground. Now he must walk on surfaces, he cannot hang.

Sounds pointless to me.

Duane
2005-Jan-28, 11:46 PM
Alan & Kashi, read this: Spiders in Space (http://chemistry.about.com/library/weekly/aa020303b.htm)

Ola D.
2005-Jan-29, 12:08 AM
Thanks for the article, it's really interesting.

astromark
2005-Jan-30, 02:02 AM
I'm going to report this to the spider police.