Skylab Trivia: Week 3

This month’s trivia is all Skylab. This orbital outpost, a precursor to the International Space Station, served as a laboratory for astronauts to study the effects of microgravity on the human body and perform complex science experiments in space. Test your Skylab knowledge below and check back next week for more Skylab trivia!

Who were Arabella and Anita?

Skylab III experiment Image credit: NASA
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Anita and Arabella were two common cross spiders studied in Web Formation, a Skylab-3 student experiment. In 1972, NASA and the National Science Teachers Association selected student experiment proposals for Skylab. Web Formation was proposed by Judith Miles, a 17-year-old from Lexington, Massachusetts. Her proposal was selected out of a pool of more than 3,400 submitted from all across the nation! The Web Formation experiment aimed to see how spiders behave in microgravity. Since spiders on Earth rely on gravity and wind to construct their webs, Miles wondered how the spiders would adapt to a weightless environment with no wind. At first, the spiders were disoriented. However, they soon adapted to their zero gravity environment and spun Earth-like webs! Their webs were returned to Earth for further analysis where it was discovered that the thread spun in orbit was finer than thread spun on Earth. Read more about Skylab in this Mission Monday blog post and check back next week for more Skylab trivia!

Skylab: Week 3
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Arabella, Skylab spider

You almost got this week's trivia question! Anita and Arabella were two common cross spiders studied in Web Formation, a Skylab-3 student experiment. In 1972, NASA and the National Science Teachers Association selected student experiment proposals for Skylab. Web Formation was proposed by Judith Miles, a 17-year-old from Lexington, Massachusetts. Her proposal was selected out of a pool of more than 3,400 submitted from all across the nation! The Web Formation experiment aimed to see how spiders behave in microgravity. Since spiders on Earth rely on gravity and wind to construct their webs, Miles wondered how the spiders would adapt to a weightless environment with no wind. At first, the spiders were disoriented. However, they soon adapted to their zero gravity environment and spun Earth-like webs! Their webs were returned to Earth for further analysis where it was discovered that the thread spun in orbit was finer than thread spun on Earth. Read more about Skylab in this Mission Monday blog post and check back next week for more Skylab trivia!
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Arabella, Skylab spider

You got this week's trivia question correct! Anita and Arabella were two common cross spiders studied in Web Formation, a Skylab-3 student experiment. In 1972, NASA and the National Science Teachers Association selected student experiment proposals for Skylab. Web Formation was proposed by Judith Miles, a 17-year-old from Lexington, Massachusetts. Her proposal was selected out of a pool of more than 3,400 submitted from all across the nation! The Web Formation experiment aimed to see how spiders behave in microgravity. Since spiders on Earth rely on gravity and wind to construct their webs, Miles wondered how the spiders would adapt to a weightless environment with no wind. At first, the spiders were disoriented. However, they soon adapted to their zero gravity environment and spun Earth-like webs! Their webs were returned to Earth for further analysis where it was discovered that the thread spun in orbit was finer than thread spun on Earth. Read more about Skylab in this Mission Monday blog post and check back next week for more Skylab trivia!

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