View Full Version : Martian Gravity To Be Tested on Mice

2005-Sep-07, 10:26 AM
SUMMARY: Researchers from MIT are planning to test the effects of Martian gravity on mammals, by sending 15 mice into orbit for five weeks. The mice would be launched aboard a one-metre "spaceship", which would be spun so that the force mimics the gravity on Mars. Scientist know that weightlessness causes health problems, including bone loss, but human travelers to Mars could stay for months or even years in a permanent outpost - it's critical to know if the human body can handle it. If all goes well, the mission could launch in 2006.

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