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Russian scientists announce 'spaceroach' grandchildren: report

Be afraid, be very afraid - the russobots are coming.
by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) May 15, 2008
Russian space scientists announced on Thursday a new breakthrough in a long pedigree of firsts: the birth of 30 grandchildren of a "space cockroach" who spent 12 days in orbit.

Interfax news agency reported the birth of 30 healthy descendants of the pioneering cockroach Nadezhda (Hope), who conceived last September in an orbiting laboratory named Foton-M.

Unlike Nadezhda's children, who showed a faster maturation rate than normal, the grandchildren correspond completely to the average household cockroach, said Dmitry Atyakshin, a scientist at Voronezh Medical Academy, 470 kilometres (290 miles) south of Moscow.

"These are descendants of those cockroaches who were conceived in space and were born after returning to Earth ... In all particulars they accord with standards on Earth," he told the news agency.

The grandmother was the latest in a long line of animals to have been tested for their survival skills in space. Cockroaches are not known to inhabit the International Space Station, a long-term home to humans in space.

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New Water Reclamation System Headed For Duty On Space Station
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 13, 2008
International Space Station crews soon will have a new water reclamation system that will recycle wastewater, allowing up to six crew members to live aboard the orbiting laboratory. The latest addition to the station's life support system departs today from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for final flight preparations.







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