‘Mice-stronauts’ could lead way to Mars CNN

An initiative to send the first mammals into space for the express purpose of procreation has enlisted the support of several prestigious universities and a wealthy patron, according to a private organization dedicated to Mars exploration. The Mars Society said it hopes to send a crew of mice into orbit for nearly two months, allowing the rodents enough time to reproduce a brood that matures into adulthood. The mission would place the “mice-stronauts” in an environment that simulates the gravity of Mars, about one third that of Earth, to help plan long-term manned trips to the red planet, according to the Colorado-based group.