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NASA sends squid into space

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dozens of baby squid from Hawaii are in space for study.

The baby Hawaiian bobtail squid were raised at the university of Hawaii’s Kewalo Marine laboratory and were blasted into space earlier this month on a SpaceX resupply mission to the internatio­nal Space Station.

researcher Jamie Foster, who completed her doctorate at the university of Hawaii, is studying how spacefligh­t affects the squid in hopes of bolstering human health during long space missions, the Honolulu Star-advertiser reported.

The squid have a symbiotic relationsh­ip with natural bacteria that help regulate their biolumines­cence.

When astronauts are in low gravity their body’s relationsh­ip with microbes changes, said university of Hawaii professor Margaret McFall-ngai, who Foster studied under in the 1990s.

Foster is now a Florida professor and principal investigat­or for a naSa program that researches how microgravi­ty affects the interactio­ns between animals and microbes.

“as astronauts spend more and more time in space, their immune systems become what’s called dysregulat­ed. it doesn’t function as well,” Foster said. “Their immune systems don’t recognize bacteria as easily. They sometimes get sick.”

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