WASHINGTON — The “spidernaut” has died.
Just days after becoming a star attraction at the National Museum of Natural History’s Insect Zoo, the spider that spent 100 days in space was found dead Monday.
“The unexpected loss of this special animal who inspired so many imaginations will be felt throughout the museum community,” Kelly Carnes, a museum spokeswoman, said.
The spider, named Nefertiti, died of natural causes, according to the museum.
The spider visited the International Space Station in a science experiment proposed by an 18-year-old Egyptian student, Amr Mohamed, to examine how spiders would hunt prey in microgravity. Nefertiti, was indeed able to catch her prey — fruit flies.