Satellite, on board of which are Mongolian gerbils, mice, geckos, fish, cichlids, various microorganisms, plants and artificial meteorites, launched into orbit, reported Friday in the Russian Space Agency.
"There was a separation of the spacecraft" Bion-1M "from the third stage of the carrier rocket" Soyuz ". "Bion-1M" launched into an elliptical orbit at 575 kilometers, "- said
According to the deputy project scientist Yevgeny Ilyin, a space trip to the "Bion" lasting 30 days off, in particular, the eight Mongolian gerbils. For this kind of rodent is the second flight into space — gerbils were already flying in orbit for two weeks in 2007 on board the satellite "Foton-M3." Now, scientists can estimate the effect of a more prolonged exposure to weightlessness, to assess whether the condition of the body continues to deteriorate under its influence, or is stabilized.
Furthermore, in the first space 45 fly "genetically pure" mice — so-called linear click. Their genome is carefully controlled so that scientists can detect any genetic changes. On the "Bion" is also flying lizards geckos, fish, micro-organisms and plants.
Together with the spacecraft "Bion-M" were brought into orbit six small satellites (ICA) of domestic and foreign production standard «CubeSat»:
— MCA "AIST" (HNP RCC "TsSKB-Progress", the Russian Federation);
— ICA «BeeSat-2", "VeeSat W», «SOMP» (Germany);
— ICA «DOVE-2" (United States);
— ICA «GOD Sat» (South Korea).
All ICA attached to the outer surface of the spacecraft "Bion-M" and will be transferred to the autonomous flight through separation systems in the period from the 4th to the 35th round.