An Ant Farm Visits Space!
Every child loves to see how an ant farm works. Researchers are fascinated with ants because of their strength. They can lift 20 times their body weight.
What else could they do?
In 2003, NASA wanted to see how ants would create their tunnels in zero gravity. They were always interested in how ants built their tunnels, but this was always too hard to observe.
They struggled to find something that the ants could live in. If sand had been used then it would shift under the gravity and inevitably crush the life out of the ants.
Instead, NASA created a clear gel in order to observe these ants clearly. Because of its chemical composition it did not collapse during launch.
The ants; however, would not collapse because they have a remarkable ability to withstand the G force of lift off.
NASA found out that the ants in space made tunnels that were more wigglier than those made by the same species in the same gel back home on Earth.