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Hamsters depart in cosmos

September 14 2007

Spacecraft Foton-M3 ready to go. Launcher is already installed on the launch complex. The launch of "Soyuz" satellite "Photon" scheduled for 15:00 Moscow time on Sept. 14 from the Baikonur cosmodrome.

Within 12 days in space to hold 45 scientific experiments. Scientists from Europe prepared program on studying cells bone at various stages Development crystals growing protein experiments with biological samples. Russian scientists are going to carry out experiments with microorganisms, snails, newts and geckos.

For the first time identified the experiments, prepared by the Moscow school students: for example, into space will go a butterfly pupa to study features of its transformation into the adult under conditions of space flight.

On the "Photon" in space sent a detachment of small stellar travelers - hamsters, gerbils. A dozen of the animals had already taken place in the "cabins" - special cells and is ready to fly.

According to the director of the Institute of Biomedical Problems, RAS Academician Anatoly Grigoryev, gerbil - a very interesting subject, especially in salt metabolism. She can live more than a month without fluid intake, and it will allow scientists to determine salt exchange mechanisms in zero gravity. About this reports NTV.

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