Will Earthlings be able to reproduce in space one day? NASA’s Micro-11 Mission hopes to discover that by sending bull and human sperm samples to the International Space Station (ISS). Space experiments have proven everything from 4K cameras to seedlings in Zero-G, so why not send sperm to the International Space Station (ISS) to see what happens when it floats in no gravity?
NASA sent the sperm for the astronauts to fertilize an egg with it
On Monday, NASA sent frozen sperm samples of bulls and humans to the ISS to test what happens when it is exposed to zero gravity.
It is just one part in a wider series of scientific experiments, ranging from biological tests related to the health of astronauts to studies on grass and probiotics, directed at the space station that orbits the Earth.
NASA sent the sperm with the SpaceX Dragon cargo vessel which docked to ISS just a few days ago.
The crew members will thaw and chemically activate the sperm samples to fertilize an egg. Then they will record the movements of the sperm and send data to Earth for more scientific analysis.
All these for developing habitable environments for the future colonization of other planets
“Based on previous experiments, it seems that the lack of gravity facilitates the mobility of sperm,” said Inverse Fathi Karouia, a researcher in the exobiology branch of NASA’s Ames Research Center.
“This is in line with other research on different model organisms that have shown that microgravity conditions trigger faster cell regeneration,” he added.
The branch of exobiology of the Ames Research Center aims to “understand the prebiotic chemistry, and the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.”
The main objective behind the NASA’s Micro-11 Mission, which sent sperm to the International Space Station, is to better understand what the creation of habitable environments in emergent planetary systems implies and if the future colonies on other planets can reproduce normally.