Why Are These Chinese Astronauts Breeding Silkworms In Space?

Submitted by: lalapancakes 10 months ago in Science

People who work in outer-space for a living leave this planet to do some major life changing experiments. This last year both NASA and China’s space program have been evaluating the effect of zero gravity and space radiation on the development of silk worms. Here’s a video of Commander Jing Haipeng taking a silkworm “on a walk.” Every time it tries to attach itself to his finger it bounces off of him. How incredibly confusing for the silkworm.

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Male 4,374
@zap rowsdower & @MelCervini. I am gratified by this outpouring of popular support for the Squrlz In Space Initiative. Politicians, take note. And, yes, Mel, I think squirrels would do well in zero-G. Jumping from bough to bough, we've learned to use our tails as spinning gyro stabilizers. And just think how fetching and puffy my tail would look in zero-G!
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Female 4,170
are they actually in space this time? or another underwater fake? :D and I would love to watch a squirrel in zero-gravity and how fast that little bugger would adapt as opposed to a dog who still has issues with left or right-hand turns in the car.
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Male 4,374
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Male 3,093
tax money well spent squrlz fo sho'
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Male 4,374
SEE?! See? Look at this! ~tail flicking in indignation~ Fruit flies, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, frogs, goldfish and monkeys--and now silkworms, for heaven's sake. When are we going to send a squirrel up there? We are so overdue it's not even funny. I swear, when the Greate Space Gopher War breaks out and you guys are all like, "Gosh, why didn't we think to get some squirrels in the space program so we'd be better prepared?", don't come crying to me. Elon Musk, you  have my application and resume. The ball's in your court. Have your people call my people. Let's do this. Squrlz out. ~in a huff, Squrlz exits, stage left~
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Male 3,617
pretty sure this is going to lead to mothra.
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