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From worms to quail, the ISS has housed all kinds of creatures great and small over the years.

Animal research in space is about to welcome some new members to the club.

Aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, 128 baby glow-in-the-dark bobtail squid and about 5,000 microscopic animals are headed to the ISS.

The animals are tardigrades, better known as water bears, and they can be found everywhere on Earth.

The squid will be used to explore the effects of spaceflight on the interactions between microbes and animals.

"Animals, including humans, rely on our microbes to maintain a healthy digestive and immune system.


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Tardigrades are considered the most resilient life form on Earth, surviving up to 30 years without food or water.

That makes them ideal for testing tolerance for living in extreme environments.

The findings could help us to better understand the stress factors that affect humans in space.


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Credits: Thomas Boothby, University of Wyoming

Cell Science-04 flies tardigrades, or water bears, to the space station for a study seeking to identify the genes involved in its adaptation and survival in high stress environments.


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Science Launching on SpaceX's 22nd Cargo Resupply Mission to the Space Station

Experiments aboard include studying how water bears tolerate space, whether microgravity affects symbiotic relationships, analyzing the formation of kidney stones, and more.


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