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finchwench ([personal profile] finchwench) wrote2011-09-06 06:22 am

Birds in Space II: Quails in the Cosmos

In the previous account of poultry in space, I related the story of how chicken embryos were launched aboard Discovery STS-29, but I did not make it to the story of birds (ex ova) in space. Despite claims to the contrary, someone did indeed try to launch birds into space, and the attempt was not a total failure.


A few small and clumsy flaps for quails, quite a giant and sturdy flap for quail-kind and space aviculture!


Japanese Quails (Coturnix japonica) have ventured to the final frontier; they have even hatched on Mir. These are the same species of quails about whom I wrote before, but do not worry: reproductive foam was not the subject of these investigations.

To boldly go where no quails have gone before > > > > >