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Russia loses contact with space geckos


Posted on Saturday, 26 July, 2014 | Comment icon 24 comments

Several geckos flew in to space aboard the satellite. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Russavia
A satellite carrying live geckos as part of a science experiment is in danger of crashing back to Earth.
Launched on July 19th, the six tonne satellite reached orbit without a hitch but later stopped responding to ground control. With a crew consisting of geckos, fruit flies and mushrooms the mission was designed to study the effects of microgravity on the animals and their sexual behavior.

Specialists are now working to restore a stable connection with the stricken satellite however it is believed that the mission will still be able to continue for several weeks.

"The equipment which is working in automatic mode, and in particular the experiment with the geckos is working according to the programme," said press secretary Oleg Voloshin from Russia's Institute of Medico-Biological Problems.

Source: BBC News | Comments (24)

Tags: Russia, Satellite, Geckos

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by dharma warrior on 26 July, 2014, 22:49
What about the poor geckos left here on Earth? Slaving away selling Auto insurance! It's just not right!
Comment icon #16 Posted by TheSpoonyOne on 27 July, 2014, 7:46
'What I think is sick and perverted is placing a few animals above a SINGLE human life' : seriously? You seriously believe that? You seriously don't believe that?
Comment icon #17 Posted by ouija ouija on 27 July, 2014, 9:27
You seriously don't believe that? Isn't it obvoius that I do indeed believe that?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Sundew on 28 July, 2014, 2:24
Lest everyone get up in arms, we are talking about a few geckos here, and possibly parthenogenetic ones at that: Some gecko species are only female and lay eggs that are clones of themselves. While I don't condone animal cruelty, space research must continue if we ever hope to colonize the Moon, Mars and beyond. And with any luck (and a lot of hard work) they may reestablish communication with the satellite once again.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Rose-Red Howler on 28 July, 2014, 6:30
Some gecko species are only female and lay eggs that are clones of themselves. Females and mothers are not important to you then. The kind of hellish perverted sick mind that wants to better man kind. That wants to make sure that humans children don't suffer from deformities and genetic problems because their parents travelled into space. The kind of sick perverted minds that would rather risk the lives of a few geckos than human beings. The kind of sick perverted minds that have given us medicines that save the lives of human beings. What I think is sick and perverted is placing a few animals... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by SaraT on 29 July, 2014, 11:20
"Moscow, we have a problem..."
Comment icon #21 Posted by Rei4ever on 4 August, 2014, 14:20
Where talking about the origin of Space Godzilla lol! and WTF is this animal experimentation from apes , bacterias , brine shrimps , tardigades and this! *facepalm* What's next Elephants? , Whales? or maybe Dolphins?
Comment icon #22 Posted by ouija ouija on 2 September, 2014, 18:03
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2740373/Five-geckos-launched-space-experiment-sex-zero-gravity-die-mission.html Update: the rocket is back, all the geckos are dead. Article also briefly mentions all the other animals who have died in space.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 2 September, 2014, 19:52
Update: the rocket is back, all the geckos are dead. Update: a separate topic was started on the return of this spacecraft yesterday - http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=271736
Comment icon #24 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 3 September, 2014, 3:12
'What I think is sick and perverted is placing a few animals above a SINGLE human life' : seriously? You seriously believe that I dont know about him/her, but I believe it. I value animal life, but i value human life more.


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