Russia Has Lost a Satellite Full of Geckos

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Russian exploration satellite Foton-M4 was launched just last Saturday (19 July) with a valuable shipment of five geckos, insects and plants aboard. The orbiting geckos were anticipated to mate, letting researchers from Russia’s Institute of Medico-Biological Problems to conclude the special effects of weightlessness on reptile reproduction.  But the study delayed when researchers informed on Thursday that their gecko sex satellite had vanished and was not reacting to instructions.  Video recording of out-of-this-world gecko sex is still getting to Earth but if interaction is not re-established the geckos will die from starvation in a few months.  This is one of a number of current disasters in the Russian space program.

The Guardian informed, a Proton-M rocket carrying a satellite to provide internet in distant parts of Russia blasted minutes after lift-off in May and the Angara rocket take-off was terminated at the last minute in July.  Though, their previous effort to send an ecosystem into space in 2007 was effective with all the newts, lizards, Mongolian gerbils, butterflies and spiders on board recurring effectively to Earth.  The Russian government freshly declared a massive $52bn investment in the space engineering until 2020.

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