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Mauritius: The Mauritian geckos of a Russian satellite lost in space

Mauritian Geckos (small lizards) who had been shipped from Baikonur on July 19, 2014 and sent to the Russian biological satellite in orbit, Foton-M4, for scientific studies on sexual activity in weightlessness condition will probably never return to Earth, as it had been originally scheduled for next September.
Officials of the Russian space company TsSKB-Progress recently reported in late last week on their inability to relight the engines of the satellite to mount to a higher altitude and continue their experimental mission.
Consequently, the satellite switched to automatic mode and could be derived for three to four months in space.
Nevertheless, the communication system is still on its functional side and data on biological experiments in weightlessness condition are correctly transmitted to scientists, as reported by the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.

Fabrice François

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