Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Russian capsule carrying mice and lizards lands safely after month-long space mission - but not many passengers survived

A Russian space capsule carrying animals including mice, lizards, newts and gerbils has landed back on Earth after spending a month in space.

The animals were subjected to various tests, during and after the trip, so Russian scientists could test the effects weightlessness had on their skeletons, nervous systems, muscles and hearts.

The Bion-M capsule carrying the animals made the successful landing in the Orenburg Region, about 745 miles southeast of Moscow, but all the gerbils died, as did the majority of the mice and newts.