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Animals in Space: Russia's Bion-M1 Space Capsule a Cosmic Zoo (Gallery)

Omegahab Experiment

Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Omegahab houses biological experiments in an aqueous medium, to be flown on Bion-M1 spacecraft. [Read the Full Story]

Mouse Weighing

Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences

A mouse is weighed in preparation for the Bion-M1 mission. [Read the Full Story]

Ground Test of the Contour-BM Experiment

Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences

The Contour-BM experiment will involve Mongolian gerbils to be flown on the Bion-M1 mission. [Read the Full Story]

Unloading Bion-M1 Spacecraft

Roscosmos

Workers unload the spacecraft Bion-M1 in the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Image taken Feb. 2, 2013. [Read the Full Story]

Bion-M1 Spacecraft Final Checks

Russian Federal Space Agency

Russian engineers perform the final checks on the Bion-M1 spacecraft animal experiments while preparing for an April 19, 2013 launch. [Read the Full Story]

Bion-M1 Stork Experiment

Russian Federal Space Agency

Russian engineers attach the "Stork" experiment to the Bion-M1 animal-carrying space capsule as part of space biology experiments. The mission launches on April 19, 2013. [Read the Full Story]

Bion-M1 Spacecraft Delivery

Russian Federal Space Agency

Russia's Bion-M1 spacecraft to launch animals on a month-long space mission is delivered to its launch site at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan in February 2013. Liftoff is set for April 19. [Read the Full Story]

Soyuz Bion-M1 Payload Delivery

TsENKI

The animal-carrying Bion M1 space capsule, covered in its payload fairing, is prepared for integration to its Soyuz rocket at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Liftoff set for April 19, 2013. [Read the Full Story]

Soyuz Rocket Carrying Bion-M1

TsENKI

The Russian Soyuz rocket carrying the Bion-M1 space capsule filled with animals moves toward its launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch is set for April 19, 2013. [Read the Full Story]

Soyuz Rocket with Bion-M1: Launch Pad

TsENKI

The Soyuz rocket carrying the Bion-M1 space capsule, an animals in space experiment, is raised into launch position at Baikonur Cosmodrome pad in Kazakhstan. Liftoff set for April 19, 2013. [Read the Full Story]

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