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Questions tagged [animals]

Questions regarding the use of living organisms from kingdom Animalia for space exploration.

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Are there free insects in the ISS?

Are there free insects, living and breeding in the ISS, not part of an experiment? I am not asking about an occasional escaped single fruit fly, Nor am I asking about insects contained in a enclosure ...
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When was there a dog in ISS's Kibo module?

The interesting question What living organisms adapt to 0 gravity? includes several GIF images. One if them is shown below, that of (apparently) a dog in a NASA suit floating around in the ISS's ...
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What living organisms adapt to 0 gravity?

Other than humans are there any other organisms with a brain that learn how to maneuver or act normal in 0 gravity? I saw a video of cats and pigeons at 0 gravity freak out but in time could they ...
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Post-shuttle, “Have any animals that have been studied onboard the ISS come back alive?”

The nicely and carefully written questionHave any animals that have been studied onboard the ISS come back alive? has an affirmative answer that applies to the space shuttle. Now that return to Earth ...
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Have any mammals been exposed to micogravity longer than humans?

There are mice on ISS. Not the first non-human mammals and likely not the last. Their health provides insights on influence of microgravity on organisms. Very few humans stayed in space for longer ...
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Why did the Zond 5 tortoises lose body mass so quickly?

For reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zond_5 It is now clear that when we are in space for a long time, our body loses some mass. The question I want to ask is, how much time is needed for a ...
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What did they expect to happen with Laika?

Before sending first dog to space, the only animals sent to space were fruit flies. Flies made it back alive, but in case of dog we are talking about a much more complex organism. Image Source: Time ...
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Rabbits in Space

It seems that first rabbit was launched into space around 1959. There are differences in sources (Wikipedia, Korabl-Sputnik 2, does not mention rabbits) but it appears several rabbits have been ...
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How would a zero gravity cat litter box work?

In fiction cats are often chosen as the optimal zero/micro gravity pet. Clearly there is some rational for this, all existing answers at How do astronauts turn in space? include cats in them. ...
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What is the longest time that a mammal has spent in microgravity?

The ISS has had crew since the year 2000. Do the health issues with microgravity keep compounding, or do they stabilize after a few years and maybe even diminish? I suppose the animal needs to be a ...
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Could NASA send animals to Mars and back as a rehearsal before a human mission?

Animals in a "free return" trajectory around Mars and landed on Earth should give great data about the effects from microgravity and radiation. It would also test the life support systems. Wouldn't ...
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Why exactly did Khrushchev present Pushinka to JFK's daughter Caroline?

Pushinka (Fluffy) was the name of one of the Strelka's (Arrow's) six pups that she had after being safely landed to Earth from orbit to which it was launched aboard Vostok-1K rocket No. 2 on 19 August ...
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What was the design and/or results of the fish experiement onboard Space Shuttle Columbia disaster mission STS-107?

Highlights from NASA's webpage lists studies done during the Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-107 including student experiments, one of them including fish. What did the student fish experiment ...
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What animals, if any, have reproduced in space?

Have any living animals successfully reproduced entirely in space? If none have, what animals have had the most complete reproductive cycles in space?
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How many and/or what kind of animals have ever been on the ISS?

I am doing a science project for school and i was wondering if anybody could help me out. I need to know how many and what kinds of animals have been on the iss.
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How are dead animals disposed of on the ISS?

After reading the question Have any animals that have been studied onboard the ISS come back alive?, my first thought was this: what about the ones that don't live? It would seem that this wouldn't ...
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Have any animals that have been studied onboard the ISS come back alive?

Obviously, I mean any living organisms from the animal kingdom except humans, sent to the International Space Station (ISS) for the purpose of scientific research. I also don't mean if they did the ...
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What was the first animal sent into space?

I know that cats, dogs, apes, guinea pigs, and a few other animals and insects have been sent into outer space. But what was the first animal which has been sent into space (or better: into “orbit”)? ...
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What is the furthest an animal has been sent away from Earth?

What is the furthest an animal (humans included) has been sent away from Earth? Not counting bacterial contamination or similar things, because it will make Voyagers the hands down winners again. I ...
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What non-plant, non-bacteria organisms have been studied for their use in colonization?

We hear a lot about the usefulness of plants and bacteria in human colonization efforts in space, whether interstellar or within our solar system. Other organisms, on the other hand, seem to receive ...
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If I lived in space, could I have a dolphin for a pet?

Inspired by the question Can fish really live in microgravity without water? I got wondering. If I lived in zero G, could I have a dolphin for a pet? Dolphins (and whales) breath normal air just ...
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Can fish really live in microgravity without water?

Yes, you read that title correctly. I saw the claim in "Colonies in Space", hosted on the NSS site. In a weightless space farm, it may be possible to raise fish without water. On Earth, when a ...