Cockroaches become the first species to conceive in spaceNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:47 am ICT by admin
Head Scientist Dmitry Atyakshin was quoted by SkyNews as saying that the cosmic cockroach babies were beautiful.
Hope was conceived onboard the Foton-M satellite last month.
Although the tests have only just begun, researchers are already reporting changes in the insects.
They say that despite their stamina, weightlessness has exerted a serious influence on them, especially on their motor functions.
Hope was not alone in space - mice, butterflies, lizards and snails were also onboard the spacecraft.
They were all placed in air-tight capsules equipped with life support systems. They were filmed throughout the 12-day experiment. The results of all of the tests will be published in six months.
The cockroach is one of the toughest insects on the planet. It is capable of living for a month without food and can even survive on the glue from the back of postage stamp. (ANI)
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