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Sticky end for sex geckos sent into space

Published on Sep 2, 2014 12:57 AM

MOSCOW(AFP) - Five geckos sent into orbit to test the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives have all died, the Russian space agency said on Monday.

The Foton-M4 satellite on which the geckos spent the past month-and-a-half returned to earth as planned on Monday and the various species travelling aboard removed.

"Unfortunately, all the geckos died," said the Roskosmos space agency in a brief statement. "The date and cause of death is being determined by experts."

Interfax news agency later quoted an expert that worked on the mission as saying "that according to preliminary data it is becoming clear that the geckos froze" after their heating system failed.

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