Water Bears in Space : NASA to send squid, Water Bears to space station for experiments : All important highlights here!
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The space agency has decided to send 5,000 tardigrades or water bears, and 128 baby glow-in-the-dark bobtail squid to the International Space Station (ISS) this month to conduct research.
They are part of the cargo that SpaceX will launch aboard its Falcon 9 rocket.
The new arrivals are part of the 22nd SpaceX cargo resupply mission that will liftoff on June 3.
Aim of mission :
The experiments are also aimed at better understanding how beneficial microbes interact with animals, potentially leading to breakthroughs in improving human health on Earth.
Researchers will be able to study their hardiness close up, and possibly identify the genes that allow them to become so resilient.
Key points of mission :
The water animals which will be launched abroad Space X’s 22nd cargo resupply mission to the ISS, are parts of experiment that could help scientists design improved protective measures for astronauts.
Researchers want to understand how water bears tolerate the stressful environment in space, and whether the lack of gravity affects symbiotic relationships — mutually dependent co-existence — between the squid and beneficial microbes.
One of these studies involves looking at how the water bears– tiny animals (around 1mm long) that can adapt to extreme conditions on Earth, including high pressure, temperature and radiation– would behave in a spaceflight environment.
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NASA : National Aeronautics and Space Administration