After a tense few days, Russia has regained control of a satellite full of biological experiments, including one to test how geckos mate in space. Yep, sex, space and geckos.
The satellite contained four females — and one lucky male — as part of a study on sex in zero gravity. But after just a few days in orbit, the craft began failing to respond to commands from the ground. (Via Russian Federal Space Agency, Al Jazeera)
That meant, unless control was re-established, the geckos would just stay up there mating in space until they ran out of food and the satellite crashed back down to Earth. (Via Tambako The Jaguar / CC BY-ND 2.0)
But Roscosmos announced Saturday that they've re-established control of their zero-G sexcraft, and everything is back to what they call normal.
A simple glitch in the computer system reportedly caused the malfunction. But with a story like this, the media are never content to be that straightforward.
There was also this little jab from Mediaite: "Thanks to these experiments, Russia's former status as a superpower will be restored. Putin thinks of everything!"
The satellite, which also holds experiments involving mushrooms and fruit flies, is scheduled to return to Earth in September.