SpaceX put 128 squids, 5,000 water bears into space



The squids and water bears will board the International Space Station (ISS) with astronauts for research purposes.

The squids and water bears will board the International Space Station (ISS) with astronauts for research purposes.

SpaceX is scheduled to launch its 22nd cargo resupply mission to the space station on June 3.  The spacecraft will carry materials, scientific research experiments and technology demonstrations..

According to CNN, SpaceX's upcoming mission will also bring new solar panels for astronauts to install outside the space station during space trips in June.

SpaceX put 128 squids, 5,000 water bears into space

SpaceX put 128 squids, 5,000 water bears into space / ph: NASA

About 5,000 Tardigrades or water bears and 128 glow-in-the-dark squids are among the precious items brought to the space station by SpaceX this time.

These two animals will participate in experiments on the ISS.  The astronauts will first look at how tolerant the water bears are to the environment.  The researchers also wanted to know if the lack of gravity affects the symbiotic relationship between squid and beneficial microorganisms.

Other experiments brought by SpaceX to the International Space Station this time also include mobile ultrasound, remote operation of robotic arms using virtual reality technology, separation of how kidney stones form in space,  study the microbiome in the human oral cavity and produce more anti-stress cotton.

Hundreds of scientific experiments are carried out every day on the space station.  Therefore, the ISS appears to be an orbital laboratory.  Astronauts oversee these experiments and report back to the team on Earth.  Research at the ISS helps humanity better understand life in zero gravity and explore possible benefits on Earth.

SpaceX put 128 squids, 5,000 water bears into space

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