Space X is sending 5000 ‘water bears’ and 128 glowing baby squids, Tardigrades, Butterfly IQ Ultrasound, and new solar panels into the International space station. The astronauts will study them. The animals will start their journey to the space station on 3 June.
The rocket name Falcon 9 will take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1:29 pm EDT (18:29 BST). The space x rocket is going for its 22 cargo supply mission.
The squid and water bears, also called tardigrades, are part of two separate scientific studies. Water bears are microscopic creatures that can survive very harsh conditions.
Baby bobtail squid has been chosen because of their symbiotic relationship with bacteria in their bodies which helps them glow.
Jamie Foster, a microbiologist at the University of Florida and principal investigator of the Understanding of Microgravity on Animal-Microbe Interactions experiment, said: “Animals, including humans, rely on our microbes to maintain a healthy digestive and immune system.”
The ‘water bear’ experiment will focus on how these creatures survive in the harsh environment of space. Water bears will help scientists to study how to survive in the space station, and the same will be implemented for saving the health of astronauts in the space station.
Thomas Boothby, assistant professor of molecular biology at the University of Wyoming and principal investigator for the experiment, said: “Some of the things that tardigrades can survive include being dried out, frozen, and heated up past the boiling point of water.”
“They can survive thousands of times as much radiation as we can, and they can go for days or weeks with little or no oxygen.”
“They have been shown to survive and reproduce during spaceflight and can even survive prolonged exposure to the vacuum of outer space.”
The international space station is a large spacecraft that orbits Earth and is built with the corporation of many countries. It is approximately 250 miles above Earth and orbits around the planet.
ISS is like a big house with five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gym, lots of science labs, and a big bay window for viewing Earth.