[ExI] Space Roach
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Thu Oct 25 20:18:27 UTC 2007
Russians Successfully Breed Cockroaches in Space
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
By Alex Rossi
Russian scientists are popping the champagne corks after a cockroach
called Hope conceived in space.
They say it is the first time any creature has give birth after cavorting in
Scientists in Vorenezh, central Russia, are now studying Hope's 33 babies to
find out how being conceived in zero gravity has affected their development.
Head Scientist Dmitry Atyakshin said "The first generation of cosmic
cockroaches consists of 33 babies.
"They are beautiful. Seeing how they eat, drink and move I can understand
that they are feeling very well."
Hope, the cockroach, conceived onboard the Foton-M satellite last month.
Although the tests have only just begun, researchers are already reporting
changes in the insects.
They say that despite their stamina, weightlessness has exerted a serious
influence on them, especially on their motor functions.
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