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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
You seriously don't believe that?
Comment icon #17 Posted by ouija ouija on 27 July, 2014, 9:27
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
Females and mothers are not important to you then. Calm down, calm down.
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
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: a separate topic was started on the return of this spacecraft yesterday -
Comment icon #24 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 3 September, 2014, 3:12
I dont know about him/her, but I believe it. I value animal life, but i value human life more.

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