AA | Wednesday, June 23, 2021 – 17:29 | Last Updated : 23 06 2021 – 17:31
It has been announced that the answers to how long-term space flights affect human health can be obtained as a result of studies on squids sent to the International Space Station (ISS).
It has been reported that the short-tailed juvenile squids bred in the marine laboratory of the University of Hawaii and sent to the ISS will be decisive in experiments on how human health is affected during long space missions.
Jamie Foster, a researcher at the U.S. Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), said squids have a symbiotic relationship with natural bacteria that help regulate light emission.
University of Hawaii professor Margaret McFall-Ngai also pointed out that when astronauts are in low gravity, their body’s relationship with microbes changes.
McFall-Ngai says, “We found that the symbiosis of humans with their microbes is disrupted at low gravity, and Jamie Foster has found that it works well in squids. It’s a simple system so it can get to the bottom of what’s causing this problem.” said.
The short-tailed juvenile squid, sent to the ISS on a SpaceX supply flight earlier this month, will be brought back to Earth for examination in July.