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Mice live roughly up to two years. Send them to the International Space Station for 6 months, and you can potentially tell the effects space has on a mammal over a quarter of its life; information that could inform future missions to Mars and other distant planets. NASA is currently working on housing for the “mousetronauts,” as Elon Musk likes to call them, and plans to send them to the ISS later this year on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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  1. We already know that space has a devastating effect on bone density. I’m not sure we would get sufficient data from a mouse.
    Leslie

  2. I just have this vision of, after acclimating to zero-g, these mice launching themselves around in their little cages, doing little zero-g maneuvers. It might be worth it just to see if they coudl figure that out on their own.

  3. I just have this vision of, after acclimating to zero-g, these mice launching themselves around in their little cages, doing little zero-g maneuvers. It might be worth it just to see if they could figure that out on their own.

  4. periquitoloves2 Saturday, June 28, 2014

    These kind of mammals can help man to pass a long time out of Earth, besides Russian had sent other kind of animals to check out their behaviour in extreme conditions. Everything to to preserve human being species now and in the distant future.

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