The team, consisting of geckos, mice, gerbils and other animals has been launched into orbit on Friday (April 19). This experiment will study the effect of microgravity on living creatures and the radiation. How to assure the representatives of the space agency, all the animals will be returned to Earth unharmed.
Animals astronauts were launched on Soyuz 2 rocket carrier, which was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
In total, went into orbit 45 mice, eight Mongolian gerbils, 15 geckos and some other animals.
"It’s longer than was performed in space most of the animals in the course of our previous missions," - said Nicole Rail from NASA, is also involved in this mission.
Bion-M1 - is the first Russian mission on sending animals into space for the last 17 years. Under the previous mission Bion, were sent into orbit macaque rezuzy, geckos and amphibians, who spent 15 days in space in 1996.
"A distinctive feature of this mission will be its duration, and the presence at our disposal more advanced analytical instruments, which distinguishes this project from previous similar experiments."
Scientists will monitor a wide range of indicators of animal health on board the station. This information will be transmitted to Earth.
The results of the experiment will be used in the planning of long space flights.
One of the experiments is to study the effects of microgravity and radiation on sperm motility in mice. This information is important in light of the anticipated long flights, occupying the time life of several generations of people.
After returning to Earth with animals are a number of tests.