In science fiction there are a lot of spiders or spider-like creatures depicted in space. In real life there have also been a lot of studies done on spiders in space. Has science fiction been influenced by the real life studies of spiders in space, or have the real life studies been influenced by the popularity of spiders in science fiction? Or are humans simply so fascinated with spiders that they have become common in science fiction and in real space studies coincidentally?
If science fiction was influenced by real life studies, then we should see more spiders in space in science fiction after real life studies commenced.
If real life studies were influenced by science fiction, then we should be able to find allusions to science fiction spiders in documentation of real life studies.