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Washington D.C. Mourns Death of Spider

Posted: Dec. 7th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

The capitol city was shocked to hear of the death of a spider in Washington D.C., but thankfully it wasn't just any spider. The accomplished 'Spidernaut' dubbed Nefertiti was amongst the first to survive over 100 days in space, and was set to go on display in the Smithsonian but died before it could be shown.

A NASA space spider died in Washington D.C. after it survived over 100 days in space. The historic arachnid was supposed to be on display a the Smithsonian museum but it died after a few days.

"It is with sadness that we announce the death of Nefertiti, the 'Spidernaut,'" the staff at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. wrote on Facebook  on Monday.

The "Johnson Jumper," called Nefertiti after Egypt's ancient queen, was the first jumping spider to survive a trip to space. The spider was sent to the International Space Station back in July as part of a science experiment that was created by 18-year-old Amr Mohamed of Alexandria, Egypt.

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