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US authorities are preparing to send baby squid to the International Space Station

US authorities are preparing to send baby squid to the International Space Station
US authorities are preparing to send baby squid to the International Space Station

US authorities are preparing to send more than 100 baby squid and 5,000 microscopic animals to the International Space Station on ThursdayThese objects will travel to the International Space Station, located in Earth’s orbit outside the atmosphere, with other equipment for experiments, on board a Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket.

It is hoped that these experiments will help scientists understand the impact of space flight on these animals128 baby short-tailed squid will be used as part of the effect of space flights on the beneficial interaction between microbes and animalsSquids have an immune system similar to the human immune systemNASA says that the experiment can contribute to the development of protective measures in order to preserve the health of astronauts during their long missions in spaceJamie Foster, who is among those responsible for this experiment, says: “Animals, including humans, depend on microbes to maintain the health of the digestive and immune systems.

We don’t fully understand how these spaceflights alter beneficial interactions.

“She added that the squid would be able to address “these important animal health issues.

“The squid will be frozen before it is brought back to EarthThe squid will also be joined on board the rocket by 5,000 slow-paced animals widely referred to as water bears.

Microscopic animals can adapt to more harsh environments than most other animal formsThis makes it ideal for studying how life responds to and adapts to the most extreme environmentsIt is hoped that this information will be used to understand the stress factors affecting astronauts living in spaceThomas Boothby, one of the main participants in the experiment, said: “One of the things that we are very keen to do is understand how slow-moving animals thrive and breed in these environments, and whether we can learn anything about the tricks they use and apply to keep them healthy.

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US authorities are preparing to send baby squid to the International Space Station
US authorities are preparing to send baby squid to the International Space Station

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