Mice in Space

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Mice in Space
« on: 08/02/2006 15:12:50 »
"" MARS MICE by Karen Miller

In 2006 a group of mice-astronauts will orbit Earth inside a spinning spacecraft.
Their mission: to learn what its like to live on Mars.

The mice will be exposed to Mars-gravity for about five weeks. Then, says Wooster, they'll return to Earth alive and well. The mice will descend by parachute and land near Woomera, Australia, inside a small capsule reminiscent of NASA's old Apollo capsules.""

http://www.firstscience.com/site/articles/mice.asp
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Re: Mice in Space
« Reply #1 on: 08/02/2006 15:13:31 »
Any resemblance to the "Clangers" is purely coincidental [:)]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/classic/clangers/intro.shtml
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Re: Mice in Space
« Reply #2 on: 16/02/2006 15:19:04 »
It is a pity the mice-tronauts do not have an exercise wheel:
it could have been used as a back-up gyroscope.  [:)]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyroscope

http://www.globalsecurity.org/org/news/2004/040423-iss-gyroscope.htm
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Re: Mice in Space
« Reply #3 on: 16/02/2006 15:39:05 »
This is great Robert. Thank you for all your great links. It'll be fascinating to see gow the mice get on. I wonder if the mice have to go through extensive training !!...it's almost funny to say that but I bet there are certain procedures that they go through. I can't imagine them in a spacesuit in a big swimmingpool as i doubt they'll be doing a spacewalk but do you think they may have to undergo those centrifugal things ?

Chris..this would be a good topic for your radio show.

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Re: Mice in Space
« Reply #4 on: 16/02/2006 17:31:59 »
"Huston, we have a problem, we've ran out of sunflower seeds". [:)]
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Re: Mice in Space
« Reply #5 on: 16/02/2006 17:48:43 »
Some FAQs about the "mars mice" mission:-
http://www.marsgravity.org/main/faq.htm

Here is a NASA graph showing the effects of micro-gravity:-


""humans appear to lose bone mass continuously in microgravity, even with countermeasures applied.""
http://www.marsgravity.org/main/science.htm

« Last Edit: 16/02/2006 18:06:33 by ROBERT »