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Russia sends animals in to space

Posted on Saturday, 20 April, 2013 | Comment icon 9 comments

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A variety of live animals have been launched in to space by Russia as part of a new one-month mission.

The internationally backed experiment is designed to test the ways in which space travel effects living creatures. On board the Bion-M1 space capsule are 45 mice, 8 gerbils, 15 geckos and a number of other species, scientists have offered their assurances that all the animals will be returned alive and well to the Earth afterwards. The data the mission provides could prove vital in future manned space missions.

"There has been a long history of this kind of biological research over the past 40 years, and NASA and the Russian side have been collaborating for that entire time, which is pretty remarkable," said Nicole Rayl who is overseeing NASA's portion of the mission. "The unique nature of this mission is that it's a 30-day mission, so it's longer than a lot of the other animal and biological missions we've flown."

"An intrepid critter crew of geckos, mice and gerbils and other animals launched into orbit Friday (April 19) to begin a month-long Russian experiment to study how space travel affects living creatures."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by pepper-steph on 20 April, 2013, 8:50
......'one small step for hell of a trip for rodent kind'......
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 20 April, 2013, 15:22
Launch of Bion-M Capsule on Russian Soyuz 2-1A RocketA Russian Soyuz 2-1A rocket successfully launched April 19th 2013 at 10:00 UTC from Baikonur carrying the Bion-M unmanned capsule into orbit. The capsule contains numerous experiments including 45 mice, 8 gerbils and 15 newts and snails - all part of a Russian experiment mission. It will return intact to Earth later next month.Source: SpaceVidsNet - YouTube Channel
Comment icon #3 Posted by shrooma on 20 April, 2013, 18:00
'piiiiigs iiiiinnn spaaaaace!!' . (one for us oldies out there....) :-)
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sundew on 21 April, 2013, 2:45
Geckos, mice and gerbils? Are they opening a pet shop on the international space station?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ryn on 21 April, 2013, 4:07
Poor Stuart Little..
Comment icon #6 Posted by AliveInDeath7 on 25 April, 2013, 3:14
I can't even begin to understand how this will benefit. Let's send rodents into space! We've been there, but let us send rodents and the like to see if we at least have small pets. The programs of space should fund actual human-manned discoveries of planet after planet. All sarcasm We ruined this planet, now we're looking for another to escape to? There is no escape really. If we all are reduced to nothing by a massive chunk of space, so be it. I don't really see what we've done so magical to deem us necessary to live in minds forever. The "aliens" fly around to tease us.. haha I may be kiddin... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Chooky88 on 20 May, 2013, 0:52
With guitars?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 23 May, 2013, 10:50
Space Capsule Returns Cosmic Rodents to Earth after Month-Long Flight MOSCOW, May 19 (RIA Novosti) – The returnable capsule of a biological research satellite has landed in the Russian Orenburg Region near the border with Kazakhstan, bringing mice, Mongolian gerbils, geckos and various microorganisms and plants back to Earth after their month-long flight, Mission Control said on Sunday.“The descent vehicle separated from the equipment module of the Bion-M spacecraft at 6:32 a.m. Moscow time [02:32 GMT]. After successfully passing through the dense layers of the Earth’s atmosphere, the capsule ... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 23 May, 2013, 10:52
Russian Satellite a ‘Success’ Despite Animal Deaths – Official MOSCOW, May 22 (RIA Novosti) – Russia's Bion-M1 biological research satellite, which recently carried rodents, microorganisms and plants on a month-long space flight, successfully accomplished its mission, an official said on Wednesday, despite the death of most of the animals on board.“The spacecraft did not show any noticeable failures and has accomplished its program in full,” said Vladimir Sychev, deputy director of Russia’s Institute of Medical and Biological Studies. Read more...

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