• Question: When animals past the atmosphere does the way they act/their behaviour change in anyway?

    Asked by Robert to Vinita, Kirsty, Col Op, Charlie 🚀, Andrea on 16 Jun 2016.
    • Photo: Andrea Boyd

      Andrea Boyd answered on 16 Jun 2016:

      They float so they have to adapt.

      Some interesting ones I saw:

      Tortoises didn’t change much. They were the most chilled animals in space.

      Zebra fish and other fish we had them in a tank and changed which side of the tank was lit up. They changed their swimming orientation every time as if the side with the light was ‘up’!

      Jumping spiders normally jump and land on their food but in space they jumped and kept floating above….. So they had to figure out how to move in space to get to their food, and they did.

    • Photo: Kirsty Lindsay

      Kirsty Lindsay answered on 16 Jun 2016:

      It really depends on the animal, most have to relearn how to move and how to reach their food/ beds. The astronauts take care of them though, so they don’t get stressed.