Of mice and Mars: rodents aid exploration The Bend Bulletin

Before man goes to Mars, mice will go to lava caves. And Central Oregon this weekend will host two pioneer rodents in what could become one giant step toward space exploration. For 48 hours, two female mice, Chevy and Pontiac, will live in a “life bubble” in Skylight Cave near Black Butte. The bubble could become the prototype of what will be used in the future when humans explore the galaxy.