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Russian space agency regains control of sex gecko satellite Foton-M4

It was feared five geckos who were subject to a Russian sex experiment would be lost in space forever, but it turns out they're safe, for now
By: Tamlin Magee | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Jul 28, 2014 10:02 pm

Russia has regained control of a space satellite containing five geckos, which are the subjects of an experimental study examining how weightlessness impacts their sex lives.




It was previously feared that Russian space agency Roscosmos' Foton-M4 satellite could crash to earth, bringing down the geckos with it, if control was not reasserted. It stopped responding to commands in mid-July, and specialists were quickly put to task to restore communications. The gecko sex satellite operated on autopilot in the meantime.


Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reported at the time that the satellite was perfectly safe, but did not comment on the safety of the geckos but it seems they're alive and well. Now that control has been regained the satellite will continue to observe the geckos, along with other items for separate experiments like mushrooms and plant seeds.


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