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First Earthlings on Mars Soon
11.02.2009 12:32
First Earthlings on Mars Soon
Phobos-Grunt spacecraft

Russian scientists plan to send living organisms to Phobos, Marss satellite. Biological object will arrive to Phobos on Russian Phobos-Grunt spacecraft.
      The project is now waiting for approval of RosCosmos. After obtaining permission, the scientists expect to send living organisms to an unprecedented journey in October 2009. A special commission will approve the list of travelers, however, candidate organisms are crustaceans, wigglers of African mosquitoes, bacteria and fungi.
      The experiment is aimed at studying effects of space radiation on living organisms at various stages of the flight. The earthlings will travel in an airproof capsule, weighing 100 grams and outstanding all external stress. Increased strength of this container should protect celestial bodies from possible contamination with Earths life forms.
      Source: Science News


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