Monkeys, in past, have paved the way for us to reach the moon and now Russian researchers are expecting the animals to be a key of getting a human colony to Mars. Researchers from the Russian Academy Of Science are teaching four rhesus macaques to travel into space and successfully land on the red planet - though it is uncertain if they will also bring them back. This training, which comprises using a joystick and cracking puzzles, would make them skilled enough to man a mission in the next two years. For scientific jobs such as these, monkeys are hand-reared in distinct farms, where only the brightest are selected to take part in the research. All four of the rhesus macaques in this newest study were selected for their intellectual abilities and their quick-learning abilities, explained the scientists.
The monkeys are rewarded with a sip of juice if they accomplish the task
She said “What we are trying to do is to make them as intelligent as possible so we can use them to explore space beyond our orbit,' The group is also hoping that these space monkeys will be able to train others and mix them into their team.
Macaques naturally have a lifespan of about 25 years, so it is anticipated that there is enough time to train them correctly and for them to live the six-month trip to Mars, added the team.
The first primate to go out in the space was Albert I in June 1948 on a US military V-2 rocket.
He suffocated and expired during the journey.
A year later, nearly to the day, a second V-2 took Albert II to a height of 438,250ft (83 miles), the rocket returned but unluckily Albert II died on impact.
In December that year, Albert IV was propelled into space wired up to machines that examined his health. He died also.