Mice on Mars
04-15-2016 Bug Database, Rodents
Mice on Mars The next time you see a mouse in your house, think of this: there is a new NASA mission that involves sending mice to space! According to reports, a group of mice will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard the SpaceX resupply rocket. The reason? NASA researchers will be subjecting the mice to conditions of low gravity to find ways to protect humans in space from skeletal muscle atrophy. The experiment, named Rodent Research-3, will study the degeneration of bone and muscle tissues that result from staying in space for long periods of time. The hope is that the mice can help scientists find a way to prevent (or delay) the process from happening to astronauts. You may be wondering—why did NASA choose to send mice over another species. Well, as it turns out, mice are pretty biologically similar to humans. Do you find this mission to space fasnicating? We do! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, mice have done so much for scientific research and advancements!