Squid In Space!

Squid in Space!

When NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour blasts off on mission STS-134 it will carry several non-human passengers. They are cephalopods, squid.

Calamari for cosmonauts? No.  This is part of a controlled experiment that will finally answer the vital scientific question “Hey, what would happen if we launched some squid into Outer Space?”

Okay, the experiment is really more complex than that. Astronauts will infect young squid with bacteria to see if they turn into calamari yoghurt or something. Opinions differ on the validity of the exercise.

Image by Mike Licht (who already knows that the space-bound bobtail squid, Euprymna scolopes, don’t look that that).  Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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2 Responses to “Squid In Space!”

  1. Endeavour Space Shuttle Launches; Gabrielle Giffords Calls Launch ‘good Stuff’ – Washington Post Says:

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  2. Mike Licht Says:

    UPDATE: Squid yes; journalists no.

    “Chinese Journalists Barred From Shuttle Launch,” Cindy Hao and Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, ScienceInsider.

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