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[ Why NASA Is Blasting Water Bears And Bobtail Squid Into Space ]

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When SpaceX makes its 22nd resupply mission to the International Space Station on Thursday, it will be carrying two very special guest species: water bears and bobtail squid.

The animals are being launched into the cosmos in the name of science, as NASA researchers attempt to learn more about how the conditions of spaceflight can affect biological organisms and, by extension, future astronauts.

Publisher: NPR.org
Date: 2021-06-03
Twitter: @NPR
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A SpaceX Dragon will launch fresh NASA supplies to space station today. How to watch live.

Update for 2 p.m. EDT: SpaceX has successfully launched its CRS-22 Dragon cargo mission for NASA on a new Falcon 9 rocket. See video and a wrap up of the launch here.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. ‘ SpaceX will launch a Dragon spacecraft packed with NASA cargo to the International Space Station today (June 3) and you can watch the resupply mission live online.

A shiny new SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will take to the skies here from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 1:29 p.m. EDT (1729 GMT). The two-stage launcher will blast off from Pad 39 lofting a robotic Dragon cargo capsule carrying more than 7,300 lbs. (3,311 kilograms) of fresh supplies, experiment hardware and other gear for the astronauts aboard the orbiting lab. That includes two new solar arrays for the station’s power grid.

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NASA is sending glow-in-the-dark baby squid and water bears to the International Space Station today

The creatures will be part of scientific experiments which include studying how water bears handle space, the possible effects of microgravity on symbiotic relationships, analyzing the formation of kidney stones and more.’

“Animals, including humans, rely on our microbes to maintain a healthy digestive and immune system,” says principal investigator Jamie Foster. “We do not fully understand how spaceflight alters these beneficial interactions. The UMAMI experiment uses a glow-in-the-dark bobtail squid to address these important issues in animal health.”

Researchers hope that experiments involving their genome could help them understand the stress factors affecting humans in space, in order to counteract them.’

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WATCH: NASA, SpaceX launch glow-in-the-dark squid, water bears to International Space Station

The 22nd commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station lifted of at 1:29 p.m. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched the Dragon spacecraft into orbit from Kennedy Space Center. The Falcon 9 later detached and landed on a droneship in the ocean.

In addition to supplies and equipment for the astronauts on the ISS, the capsule of Dragon will be carrying a variety of research and experiments to space station. Here’s a look at some of the things being launched into space and why:

Newly-hatched glow-in-the-dark bobtail squid will be launched to the space station so scientists can examine what impacts spaceflight has on ‘interactions between beneficial microbes and their animal hosts.’

Publisher: WFLA
Date: 2021-06-03T16:40:55+00:00
Author: Heather Monahan and WFLA 8 On Your Side Staff
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NASA Is Launching Tardigrades and Baby Squid Into Space

NASA is launching a bunch of ‘water bears,’ or tardigrades, and baby bobtail squid into space to study them aboard the International Space Station (ISS), reports Ashley Strickland for CNN.

The 5,000 tardigrades and 128 glow-in-the-dark squidlets will rocket to their destination aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9, which is scheduled to take off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 3 at 1:29 p.m. Eastern Time.

Publisher: Smithsonian Magazine
Author: Alex Fox
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