Lost connection to a satellite containing 20 lizards

Small tropical lizards that were sent into orbit by Russian scientists on July 18 on the Photon-M4 satellite, from the space center in Baikonur, are roaming the space.

According to the Huffington Post, scientists launched 20 geckos from the island of Mauritius into space to observe their mating in a weightless state, but recently the flight control announced that it lost contact with the spacecraft.

The Russian space agency TsSKB-Progres states that the commands on the Foton-M4 satellite are functioning normally and that it continues to receive experimental data.

From the video material that still comes to them from the satellite, the scientists can conclude that the experiment is going according to plan: four females and one male are doing their best to get offspring in space.

The researchers hope to return the small lizards to Earth, in order to continue the experiments. The mission lasts a little over a month and they believe that by then the connection with the satellite will be re-established.

If that fails, the satellite will fall to Earth after several months of wandering through space, which would not be the first animal victim of Russia’s space program.

Lizards, Photo: Shutterstock

Small tropical lizards that were sent into orbit by Russian scientists on July 18 on the Photon-M4 satellite, from the space center in Baikonur, are roaming the space.

According to the Huffington Post, scientists launched 20 geckos from the island of Mauritius into space to observe their mating in a weightless state, but recently the flight control announced that it lost contact with the spacecraft.

The Russian space agency TsSKB-Progres states that the commands on the Foton-M4 satellite are functioning normally and that it continues to receive experimental data.

From the video material that still comes to them from the satellite, the scientists can conclude that the experiment is going according to plan: four females and one male are doing their best to get offspring in space.

The researchers hope to return the small lizards to Earth, in order to continue the experiments. The mission lasts a little over a month and they believe that by then the connection with the satellite will be re-established.

If that fails, the satellite will fall to Earth after several months of wandering through space, which would not be the first animal victim of Russia’s space program.