Baby Squid and Tiny ‘Water Bears’ Head for Space Station in SpaceX Rocket

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Tardy grades and cephalopods. Those were the vip's onboard space xs twenty-second cargo resupply mission to the international space station. This past thursday like other strange species that get blasted off our planet on the regular these little dudes are taking the trip so that scientists can study how spaceflight and microgravity affects the organisms with the ultimate goal of learning more about how those conditions also affect the other main biological denizens of space the astronauts quoting nasa tar degrades known as water bears due to their appearance under a microscope in common habitat in water are tiny creatures tolerate environments more extreme than most life forms can that makes them a model organism for studying biological survival. Under extreme conditions on earth and in space in addition researchers have sequenced the genome of the tar agreed and developed methods for measuring. How different environmental conditions tar degrade gene expression. The results could advance understanding of the stress. Factors affecting humans in space and support development of countermeasures. Space can be a really challenging environment for organisms including humans volved to the conditions on earth says principal investigator thomas boothby. One of the things we're really keen to do is understand. How tardy grades or surviving and reproducing in these environments and whether we can learn anything about the tricks that they're using and adapt them to safeguard astronauts and quotes and as for the buffalo pods or glow in the dark baby. Bobtail squid to be exact. They'll be part of the cleverly titled project understanding of microgravity on animal microbe interactions or mommy quoting npr scientists will study whether microgravity has an impact on the relationship between newly hatched. Bobtail squid and their symbiotic bacterium. The goal is to use what they learn about the relationship between squid and the microbes to help better prepare astronauts for lengthy space missions and preserve their health. While they're out there. The experiment could also lead to a new understanding of the ways animals and helpful microbes interact and may even have applications for improving health on earth. Nasa

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