Of mice and microgravity


In the longest animal space journey yet undertaken, three male C57BL/J10 mice flew aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station and lived there for 91 days in a specially designed housing unit before returning to Earth on the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The Italian Space Agency funded and organized the project to gather information that could be used to reduce the health risks to humans during prolonged space missions.

Lab Anim. (NY) 41, 241 (2012).
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