One small step for cephalopods: SpaceX carrying research squids to ISS

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Washington (AFP) – A SpaceX rocket took off Thursday for the International Space Station carrying supplies for scientific experiments, including some surprising passengers — squids and virtually indestructible microorganisms called tardigrades. The rocket, leased by NASA, launched from Florida at 1:29 pm local time (1729 GMT). The Dragon capsule detached from the Falcon 9 rocket about 12 minutes after take-off and is scheduled to dock at the ISS on Saturday. Young specimens of the species Euprymna scolopes, known as bobtail squid, are on board for the trip, so scientists can study the effect …

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