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ENDelt260
08-02-2005, 04:54 PM
China to send pig sperm to space
China is planning to study the effects of space on sperm, by sending the semen from pedigree pigs into orbit.

Some 40 grams of pig sperm will be taken on board the Shenzhou VI spacecraft for its October launch.

Some of the sperm will be kept outside the spacecraft's biological capsule and some inside, according to China's Xinhua news agency.

Surviving sperm will be returned to Earth and used to understand better the processes involved in pig reproduction.

The pigs chosen are a breed called Rongchang, named after an area in the southwest of the country and famed for their physique and for the quality of their meat.

Agricultural experts hope to use the sperm to fertilise pig eggs back on Earth - to see what effect a period of microgravity will have had on the sperm's activity.

China's first manned spaceflight two years ago made it the third country able to launch a human into space on its own, along with Russia and the United States.

During the upcoming mission, two astronauts will orbit the planet five or six times.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4690651.stm

beer bacon
08-02-2005, 04:55 PM
I have been trying to do this for years, but my catapult can never get that damn pig sperm into orbit.

Donger
08-02-2005, 04:59 PM
Peh. They need a spacecraft for this?

carlos3652
08-02-2005, 05:02 PM
Shit, a few beers and Goat Cheese would have taken the sperm there for free... next thread title:

Wardriving with Pig Sperm in Space!!

bkkcoh
08-02-2005, 05:05 PM
I thought the Russians had already studied sperm in outer space.


Oh wait, that wasn't an official science study was it.



carry on ...

The Bad Guy
08-02-2005, 05:07 PM
Interesting.

Maybe they can take some sperm pigs I know with it too.

chagrin
08-02-2005, 06:19 PM
Anyone remember...(booming Announcer guy voice) PIGS - IN - SPAAAAACE...!

bringbackmarty
08-02-2005, 07:04 PM
Anyone remember...(booming Announcer guy voice) PIGS - IN - SPAAAAACE...!
yea, well now you know how they got there.

FloridaChief
08-02-2005, 07:06 PM
It figures.

I don't even like pork chops...

dtebbe
08-02-2005, 08:00 PM
And we all thought :cigar: was afraid to fly....

Sorry, taco, could not resist...


DT

SBK
08-02-2005, 08:01 PM
What, does Wilber wanna give the moon a money shot?