Are there any animals in space at the moment?

We find out if there are any creatures in space right now

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Russia sent five geckos up into space earlier this year

Russia sent five geckos up into space earlier this year. Image Credit: Roscosmos

Asked by Harry Isaacs

Earlier this year, five geckos – small lizards famous for their ability to walk up walls – were sent up to space in a Foton-M4 satellite by Russia. The reptiles were part of an experiment to study the effects of microgravity on their behaviour. The Russians lost control of the satellite for a few days but restored contact again before the geckos’ food supply ran out. Sadly, not long after that and on 1 September, Russia confirmed the death of all five geckos and stated that it’s likely that the reptiles struggled in the low temperatures of space. Most recently a SpaceX resupply mission delivered 20 mice to the ISS. Scientists will observe them to study the effects of microgravity on rodents.

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