Friday, 19 April 2013

Animals, fish and insects reach Earth orbit aboard Russian spacecraft

Animals, fish and insects reach Earth orbit aboard Russian spacecraft, A Russian Soyuz rocket was successfully launched on Friday from Launch Complex 31 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying a scientific spacecraft known as Bion-M1. The Soyuz 2.1a launch vehicle lifted off from Baiknour at 6:00 a.m. EDT.

The spacecraft is packed with animals, fish, insects, bacteria and other biological objects to test the effects of weightlessness on the living subjects. Bion-M1 separated from the Soyuz rocket’s third stage at 6:09 a.m., Russia’s Federal Space Agency said, also known as Roscosmos.

“Spacecraft Bion-M was created under the Federal Space Program and is designed for orbital flight in basic and applied research in space biology, physiology and biotechnology with the return of the results of experiments on Earth,” Roscosmos said. The spacecraft will spend 30 days in orbit before returning to Earth.

Bion-M1 is carrying 45 mice, eight Mongolian gerbils, 15 geckos, snails, and containers with various microorganisms and plants, according to an article published by RIA Novosti.

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