Mice aboard the International Space Station

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Mice aboard the International Space Station

Behavior of mice aboard the International Space Station
20 female mice were transported to the International Space Station by SpaceX CRS-4 Dragon spacecraft. On NASA’s Rodent Habitat, the mice engaged in a full range of species-typical behaviors. After 7–10 days, younger mice began to exhibit distinctive circling or ‘race-tracking’ behavior that evolved into coordinated group activity. This activity may represent stereotyped motor behavior, rewarding effects of physical exercise, or vestibular sensation produced via self-motion.

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trooper_trent's picture

Smarts sons of bitches. There is no up or down so they turned the whole goddamned ISS into a mouse wheel!

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skeptoid's picture

It shouldn't be suprising that tactile problem solving is a basic skill of mammals. In a few days they had it down better than most humans would I'm guessing.

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