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Most spiders spin a web and passively wait for prey to come to them. Jumping spiders, by contrast, actively hunt by jumping to catch their food. What if a jumping spider was sent to the International Space Station? When it jumped, it would simply float. No one knew if the spider could hunt in a weightless environment.
This nonfiction picture book for elementary kids chronicles the amazing voyage of Nefertiti, the Spidernaut to the International Space Station and back. She‚Äôs a Phiddipus johnsonii, or Johnson jumping spider, native to western United States. Her colorful anatomy‚Äîred, black and teal‚Äîmade for stunning photography and video. In 2012, Nefertitti clocked a record-breaking 100 days in space, during which time she circled Earth about 1584 times, traveling about 41,580,000 miles.
Astronaut Sunita Williams, Captain U.S. Navy said, ‚ÄúIt was a suspense story for me as it happened. I didn‚Äôt know if she would survive when I unpacked her for the first time, or when I packed her up and sent her back home to Earth.‚Äù
This is an astonishing story of change: through the dark and cold, in spite of being weightless and isolated, this incredible spider