NASA Sends Squid From Hawaii Into Space For Research

NASA Sends Squid From Hawaii Into Space For Research

Baby Hawaiian bobtail squids were blasted into space earlier this month on a SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Andrew H. Sweet

Researcher Jamie Foster, who completed her doctorate at the University of Hawaii, is studying how spaceflight affects the squid in hopes of bolstering human health during long space missions.

The squids have a symbiotic relationship with natural bacteria that help regulate their bioluminescence.

“Their immune systems don’t recognize bacteria as easily. They sometimes get sick.” Ms. Foster said understanding what happens to the squid in space could help solve health problems that astronauts face.

The baby squid will come back to Earth in July.

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