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2013-05-20 02:53:56 PM  
i wonder what the cause(s) of death were?
 
2013-05-20 02:59:13 PM  

SlothB77: i wonder what the cause(s) of death were?


Space pirates.
 
2013-05-20 03:01:08 PM  
Survived the trip:

mit.zenfs.com
 
2013-05-20 03:06:28 PM  
media.tumblr.com

Glad to hear the newts survived.

/Assuming nothing is obscure on Fark.
 
2013-05-20 03:07:31 PM  
The funnier headline appears to be the sub-line of the story:
"Unfortunately, because of equipment failure, we lost all the gerbils."
 
2013-05-20 03:08:20 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-20 03:11:47 PM  
You now have to really worry about the ones that survived... because you know, they now have cosmic powers.
 
2013-05-20 03:20:55 PM  

ProdigalSigh: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 485x323]


good pull
 
2013-05-20 03:20:59 PM  
I'm sure the survivors have already been vivisected, too.
 
2013-05-20 03:23:45 PM  

SlothB77: i wonder what the cause(s) of death were?


"...all fish onboard German-sponsored Omegahab experiment died as a result of the technical failure in the aquarium.   ...a single failure in the experiment containing gerbils (Kontur-BM) led the flight control system to turn off power to the entire unit interrupting oxygen and food supply, light and ventilation.

In the experiment containing mice, the food-supply system failed immediately (after launch) leading to the loss of 15 mice. Other technical failures in various units of the experiment left only six out of 45 mice onboard Bion-M N. 1 alive (by the end of the flight),  The natural death of the animals was not expected to exceed five percent of the population, according to Il'in. He confirmed that all 15 geckos, snails and microorganisms did survive the flight."
 
2013-05-20 03:37:18 PM  
Long live the Newts!

i406.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-20 03:40:21 PM  
Russian spacecraft returns to Earth with most of its furry crew dead

Good. I hate furries.
 
2013-05-20 03:41:00 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
Russia: killing animals in space since 1957.

/Laika was cooked in her capsule
 
2013-05-20 03:47:49 PM  
Maybe they should have lined the walls with living clams.
/obscure.
//Not a question, it just is.
 
2013-05-20 03:52:42 PM  

wildcardjack: [media.tumblr.com image 320x239]

Glad to hear the newts survived.

/Assuming nothing is obscure on Fark.


Not obscure to me.

/I own the series.
//Excellent television.
///Love the books too.
 
2013-05-20 03:56:01 PM  

Odd Bird: good pull


First thing I thought of, surprised Gingrich got the boobies.  Of course I'm always surprised that Gingrich gets the boobies.
 
2013-05-20 03:56:04 PM  

caddisfly: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x162]
Russia: killing animals in space since 1957.

/Laika was cooked in her capsule



I came here to say this.It wasn't until 2002 that the Ruskies admitted the truth.

The Russian scientists had planned to euthanize Laika with a poisoned serving of food. For many years, the Soviet Union gave conflicting statements that she had died either from oxygen starvation when the batteries failed, or that she had been euthanized. Many rumors circulated about the exact manner of her death. In 1999, several Russian sources reported that Laika had died when the cabin overheated on the fourth day. In October 2002, Dimitri Malashenkov, one of the scientists behind the Sputnik 2 mission, revealed that Laika had died by the fourth circuit of flight from overheating. According to a paper he presented to the World Space Congress in Houston, Texas, "It turned out that it was practically impossible to create a reliable temperature control system in such limited time constraints."
Over five months later, after 2,570 orbits, Sputnik 2 disintegrated-along with Laika's remains-during re-entry on April 14, 1958.
 
2013-05-20 03:56:21 PM  

PsyLord: You now have to really worry about the ones that survived... because you know, they now have cosmic powers.


Gerbils with cosmic powers? Richard Gere should be extremely worried right now.
 
2013-05-20 04:03:27 PM  
Huh, I'm quite interested about the "fish in space" thing, or anything that lives in water really.
If you gave them some silly helmet (like in cartoons), would they be great space... uhh... swimmers?
 
2013-05-20 04:06:10 PM  

caddisfly: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x162]
Russia: killing animals in space since 1957.

/Laika was cooked in her capsule



cultured.com
Poor little space doggie.
 
2013-05-20 04:10:50 PM  
www.spacetoday.org
 
2013-05-20 04:14:49 PM  
 
2013-05-20 04:19:43 PM  

PsyLord: You now have to really worry about the ones that survived... because you know, they now have cosmic powers.


graphicpolicy.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-05-20 04:23:37 PM  
And the award for the most vivid, poignant mixture of smells associated with a mental image goes to...
 
2013-05-20 04:26:16 PM  

wildcardjack: [media.tumblr.com image 320x239]

Glad to hear the newts survived.

/Assuming nothing is obscure on Fark.


They got better.
 
2013-05-20 04:27:42 PM  
Lizards eat little furry creatures.. sounds like nature working as intended
 
2013-05-20 04:35:38 PM  
Oh no! Lemmiwinks!
 
2013-05-20 04:43:56 PM  

SlothB77: i wonder what the cause(s) of death were?


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-20 04:54:16 PM  

wildcardjack: [media.tumblr.com image 320x239]

Glad to hear the newts survived.

/Assuming nothing is obscure on Fark.


Fear not Mr. Finknottle, for your Pleurodelinaeous friends have all survived their journey.
 
2013-05-20 04:57:27 PM  

PsyLord: You now have to really worry about the ones that survived... because you know, they now have cosmic powers.


img.photobucket.com

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-05-20 05:19:32 PM  
 
2013-05-20 05:23:34 PM  
none of the gerbils remained alive after their month in space

What did the brown space gerbil say to the white space gerbil?

"New around here?"
 
2013-05-20 05:27:14 PM  
Of course the geckos survived. They had flight insurance.
 
2013-05-20 05:37:10 PM  
Richard Gere is said to be inconsolable...
 
2013-05-20 05:39:27 PM  
Russian spacecraft returns to Earth with most of its furry crew dead

And the test animals didn't do that well either.

/Tip your waitress gentlemen.
 
2013-05-20 06:16:13 PM  
Daym! PETA could get funding for half a decade at least if they latch onto this atrocity!
 
2013-05-20 06:16:19 PM  
No one has posted this yet???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzYO0joolR0
 
2013-05-20 06:24:26 PM  

caddisfly: /Laika was cooked in her capsule


So she was a Hawt dog
 
2013-05-20 06:29:34 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Maybe they should have lined the walls with living clams.
/obscure.
//Not a question, it just is.


Scanners live in vain
remember: twice to overload and back down dead...


/gotta go cranch now
 
2013-05-20 07:55:52 PM  
Tyuratam we've lost the gerbils.
 
2013-05-20 08:12:03 PM  
It's hard to survive when your constantly trying to upchuck your yummy yummy green gerbil pellets.
 
2013-05-20 08:55:43 PM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

Guess that's better then this.
 
2013-05-20 09:05:19 PM  

SlothB77: i wonder what the cause(s) of death were?


Ra-di-ation. Yes indeed.
 
2013-05-20 09:25:35 PM  

Pribar: Quantum Apostrophe: Maybe they should have lined the walls with living clams.
/obscure.
//Not a question, it just is.

Scanners live in vain
remember: twice to overload and back down dead...


/gotta go cranch now


Awesome!
 
2013-05-20 10:26:10 PM  

ristst: SlothB77: i wonder what the cause(s) of death were?

"...all fish onboard German-sponsored Omegahab experiment died as a result of the technical failure in the aquarium.   ...a single failure in the experiment containing gerbils (Kontur-BM) led the flight control system to turn off power to the entire unit interrupting oxygen and food supply, light and ventilation.

In the experiment containing mice, the food-supply system failed immediately (after launch) leading to the loss of 15 mice. Other technical failures in various units of the experiment left only six out of 45 mice onboard Bion-M N. 1 alive (by the end of the flight),  The natural death of the animals was not expected to exceed five percent of the population, according to Il'in. He confirmed that all 15 geckos, snails and microorganisms did survive the flight."


I think this makes me some kind of monster, but I can't stop farking laughing at this. Just the sheer comedy of errors... *wipes away tear* Ah, me.

On a more serious note, this is actually what I've been arguing that we should be doing; throw some animals up into space, see what happens. They're cheap and expendable (although clearly dogs and cats have that whole cuteness thing going for them), and we could learn tons more than we're learning by very carefully sending humans up every 2 months to very carefully not do anything too crazy.
 
2013-05-20 10:48:17 PM  

Aidan: On a more serious note, this is actually what I've been arguing that we should be doing; throw some animals up into space, see what happens. They're cheap and expendable (although clearly dogs and cats have that whole cuteness thing going for them), and we could learn tons more than we're learning by very carefully sending humans up every 2 months to very carefully not do anything too crazy.


The Russians have been doing exactly that since the early days of space flight. These are just the latest animals they've launched into space. Even with humans they've done more research than anyone else, and their cosmonauts hold several records.

They'd just grab stray dogs off the street and kill them in centrifuges, fire them into the high atmosphere inside rockets, or launch them into space to see how fast radiation killed them.
 
2013-05-21 02:45:39 AM  

Aidan: On a more serious note, this is actually what I've been arguing that we should be doing; throw some animals up into space, see what happens. They're cheap and expendable (although clearly dogs and cats have that whole cuteness thing going for them), and we could learn tons more than we're learning by very carefully sending humans up every 2 months to very carefully not do anything too crazy.


As with testing cosmetics and medicines, why bother testing it on animals then extrapolating the data?  We've got plenty of convicts who are otherwise simply using up our tax money.  Dose a few experimental drugs, throw some shampoo in the eyes of some others, and launch a few into space to find out how long it take for microgravity to make them unable to function back on Earth.  Then the data's right there, already in human form, and we keep the prison population down.
 
2013-05-21 03:17:39 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

/hot like pizza supper
 
2013-05-21 04:03:47 AM  

ProdigalSigh: First thing I thought of, surprised Gingrich got the boobies.  Of course I'm always surprised that Gingrich gets the boobies.


Depends which Gingrich.  I hear Candace gets a lot of boobies.
 
2013-05-21 04:03:47 AM  

RatMaster999: Aidan: On a more serious note, this is actually what I've been arguing that we should be doing; throw some animals up into space, see what happens. They're cheap and expendable (although clearly dogs and cats have that whole cuteness thing going for them), and we could learn tons more than we're learning by very carefully sending humans up every 2 months to very carefully not do anything too crazy.

As with testing cosmetics and medicines, why bother testing it on animals then extrapolating the data?  We've got plenty of convicts who are otherwise simply using up our tax money.  Dose a few experimental drugs, throw some shampoo in the eyes of some others, and launch a few into space to find out how long it take for microgravity to make them unable to function back on Earth.  Then the data's right there, already in human form, and we keep the prison population down.


And damn that whole 'sanctity of life' or 'compassion' nonsense!  While we're at it, we can just kill 1 homeless guy and throw him in a blender to feed to the rest of the homeless in his area!  And don't get me started on the orphans...
 
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