The experiment is expected to be conducted in the Wentian Module of the space station docked earlier this year.
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- The Chinese Academy of Beijing is leading this project.
- China docked this project with its under-construction space station.
By Crox Media Desk: As China completes the construction of its space station, scientists are planning to do life science in zero gravity with astronauts taking the lead onboard Tiagong. China is planning to launch a monkey into space to test reproduction, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing is leading the project and is liable for the scientific equipment needed to conduct studies in microgravity on China’s Tiangong Space Station. The experiment is expected to be conducted in the Wentian Module of the space station that docked earlier this year.
“Some studies also involving mice and macaques will be carried out to see how they multiply.” “These experiments will help us to improve our understanding of an organism’s adaptation and other space environments,” said Zhang Lu, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as quoted by SCMP.
It is worth mentioning that the current module has a room for algae, fish, or small organisms. But the latest reports revealed that if monkeys are brought onto the space station, crew members will need to feed them and deal with waste as well.
China recently docked the final module of its under-construction space station, marking its completion and providing China with a long-term permanent presence beyond Earth’s orbit. The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) had approved over 1,000 experiments to be conducted beyond Earth, ranging from medical research to technical studies. The station is currently hovering at 388.9 km above the earth, and it offers a unique option for scientists across the world.