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banquo's_bumble_puppy
2015-Jul-13, 10:33 AM
Will there come a time when astronauts/cosmonauts are allowed to have real pets in space? I know this presents challenges (hygiene, mischief by aforementioned animals, etc.). Animals are huge stress relievers and makers. Thoughts?

WaxRubiks
2015-Jul-13, 10:49 AM
a hamster could generate its own gravity, by running around, inside a tube.

banquo's_bumble_puppy
2015-Jul-13, 11:04 AM
Will there come a time when astronauts/cosmonauts are allowed to have real pets in space? I know this presents challenges (hygiene, mischief by aforementioned animals, etc.). Animals are huge stress relievers and makers. Thoughts?

Reminds me of that seen from 2001...

Swift
2015-Jul-13, 12:16 PM
The video as to why this might be a bad idea (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW4Q1dKuR5w), at least till we have some sort of artificial gravity.

banquo's_bumble_puppy
2015-Jul-13, 01:04 PM
The video as to why this might be a bad idea (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW4Q1dKuR5w), at least till we have some sort of artificial gravity.

Poor kitties!

selvaarchi
2015-Jul-13, 01:31 PM
The video as to why this might be a bad idea (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW4Q1dKuR5w), at least till we have some sort of artificial gravity.

Any idea how the dogs and chimps handled it? It must have been a frightening experience for them too.

ravens_cry
2015-Jul-13, 02:28 PM
Also, almost all birds can't swallow water in freefall.

John Mendenhall
2015-Jul-13, 02:53 PM
Tomcats, however, come with their own propulsion system . . . .

schlaugh
2015-Jul-13, 03:25 PM
Kitties in space.

Oh great. More Facebook traffic.

swampyankee
2015-Jul-13, 10:56 PM
Also, almost all birds can't swallow water in freefall.

I don't think cats could drink in microgravity, either.

Trebuchet
2015-Jul-14, 01:22 AM
On the one hand, that's a terrible thing to do to a kitty. On the other hand, KITTIES. We could probably increase the budget for space exploration by an order of magnitude.

How do you make a zero-G litter box?

Squink
2015-Jul-14, 03:20 AM
How do you make a zero-G litter box?Small rotating torus, like a hamster cage with sidewalls; litter held in centrifugally.
The cat'd figure out how to use it.
I suspect that if you gave them more than a few seconds of zero grav, the beasts would become quite fond of it; so many new opportunities for predation from unexpected angles.

Grashtel
2015-Jul-14, 04:48 AM
I suspect that if you gave them more than a few seconds of zero grav, the beasts would become quite fond of it; so many new opportunities for predation from unexpected angles.

Which is why having them in zero gravity is unlikely to be a good idea, cats can be bad enough when contstrained by gravity, without it they are likely to turn into fuzzy pinballs with tendency to attach to whatever they run into in a painful fashion

ravens_cry
2015-Jul-16, 05:13 AM
I don't think cats could drink in microgravity, either.

I think they could, as their tongue's ridges grip the water (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EXd-W_GCoI). Dogs might have a harder time, as their tongues form a little scoop (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Ch2pNkZwU).