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8 animals that have traveled in space

By: Katherine Butler on March 23, 2011, 11:40 a.m.
Insect Flight Motion Study

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Insect Flight Motion Study

Mammals are not the only residents of Earth to travel into space. Space shuttle pilot Fullerton “examines Student Experiment 81-8 (SE-81-8) Insect Flight Motion Study taped to the airlock on aft middeck.”

This experiment was designed by high school student Todd Nelson, who won a contest sponsored by NASA. His experiment to study moths, bees and flies in a weightless environment flew into space on board the Space Shuttle Columbia. Insects have a long history of flight in space. Sadly, round worms were the only survivors of the Space Shuttle Columbia’s disastrous explosion in 2003.