Animals in space


7 Responses to “Animals in space”

  1. alephxero says:

    Only mice and humans?  I have it on good authority that there are also…

  2. That Evening Sun says:

    Even though they underwent drastic changes in weight due to the gravity fluctuations, the mice never lost sight of the most important aspect of their mission: pushing that tiny ball around with their noses.

  3. bcsizemo says:

    Now does someone have a video of what a mouse/animal does when it’s container is about 10x that size?  One where it isn’t practically touching some part of it at all times.  I’m curious if the mouse would just freak out floating in air, or would it be become so terrified it just froze?  Obviously people are different and realize their environment has changed, and these studies were more for physiological not psychological reasons.

  4. NelC says:

    Now I want to see experiments with giant squid in microgravity. Why? Why not?

    • AlexG55 says:

      While weight’s not too much of an issue (A. dux max out at under 300 kg), their sheer size might make launching them tricky, to say nothing of a tank big enough for them to do cool stuff in (and the water, oh God, the mass of water!)

      The biggest problem, though, is that we have not yet managed to capture one alive.

      Also, gravity is hardly an issue for neutrally-buoyant sea creatures, so it wouldn’t be much more interesting than watching one in an aquarium.

      Birds would be cool, though, if we could give them space to fly somehow.  Flying insects too, but less so as they fall slower on Earth.

  5. Glen Able says:

    Gotta get something that can sort those tiny screws…

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