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Lizards being trained for space travel

Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 22:35

London: Lizards are known for their adaptation to extreme conditions and a team is being trained in Russia to be sent to space.

The geckos will become the first reptiles to be sent into orbit. They are being trained by scientists at Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow, The Sun reported.

A massive number of the creatures will finally be scaled down to a final 15 for the space mission.

"The basic principles for selection and preparation are the same as those for human cosmonauts. We will leave out weak and ill ones, and there will be no place for those which are easily excited or aggressive," a spokesman said.

"Geckos don`t need much special training because of their particular way of life. They are well adapted to extreme conditions. Even under dramatic gravitational changes and weightlessness, they don`t care where they run - on the floor, the wall or the ceiling," he said.

Scientists are hoping the experiments conducted on the lizards will help unlock health benefits for humans.

Fruit flies were the first species to be sent to orbit Feb 20, 1947. A monkey named Albert II went up in 1949, and Laika the dog was sent by Russia in 1957.

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First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 22:35

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