This came from Pest Control Technology: Golden Orb Spiders To Be Sent Into Space Thirty golden orb spiders are set to become the first Australian animals in space. READ THE FULL STORY http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/01/09/1041990050271.html Brief excerpts from the link: A common garden spider is set to become the first Australian animal in space. Eight golden orb spiders will blast off from Cape Canaveral next week to test the effects of zero gravity on webs. The tiny spiders have been bred at Melbourne Zoo as part of a project by students. But the spiders will not be the first in space. Anita and Arabella, two American common cross spiders, were sent into orbit in 1973.