At some point in the distant future, NASA and other space groups around the world will begin to commence human missions deeper into our solar system than our species ever lost before. This means a long journey and extended staying in microgravity for astronauts who entered into them, and may have trouble.
Thanks to the International Space Station we know quite a bit about the effects of low gravity on the human body, but NASA wants to learn more. For that purpose, the agency analyzes how other low-gravity species, specifically targeted at mice, deal with. Results are equal parts that are interesting and funny.
As NASA explains in a new blog post, scientists send a specially designed mouse dwelling module to the International Space Station with some of the furry little rodents. The enclosure allows researchers to study the behavior of rats from the Earth through video feeds, and now we enjoy those videos for ourselves.
As with no doubt in video notice, the mice seemed uncomfortable at the beginning of the experiment. They got together, flying in the tiny enclosure of the cage and doing their best to find out what way it goes, but not save. However, it's not long before the rats start, fully adapt to their new environment and even use the gravity of their gravity when they push themselves around the cage.
That's when things really get wild, with videos from day 1
NASA researchers want to see if mice continue to perform the same types of tasks that they follow on Earth. The study showed that mice kept many of their activities in full, including self-adjusting and eating when starving.
Such research can help NASA better prepare for future missions on Mars and beyond by revealing what kind of behavioral and biological changes can occur in mammals exposed to extended microgravity stays. It also looks like some amazing videos.