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Astronauts Watch Space Spiders Weave Wild Webs

Astronauts Watch Space Spiders Weave Wild Webs
A view of one of two orb weaver spiders (upper right) and its web aboard the International Space Station as part of an educational science experiment. The spiders were delivered by NASA's shuttle Endeavour during the STS-126 mission in Nov. 2008. (Image credit: NASA TV.)

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Tariq is the Editor-in-Chief of and joined the team in 2001, first as an intern and staff writer, and later as an editor. He covers human spaceflight, exploration and space science, as well as skywatching and entertainment. He became's Managing Editor in 2009 and Editor-in-Chief in 2019. Before joining, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering education and city beats in La Habra, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Twitter.