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Russia Loses Control of Satellite Filled with Horny Geckos

Russian scientists have lost control of an orbiting satellite full of mating geckos.

Yeah.

Researchers embarrassedly admitted to RIA Novosti that they’d lost the ability to control or communicate with Foton-M, a satellite launched six days ago with five geckos on board, with the express purpose of observing the geckos having space sex.

But at least they can still gather data. “The biological experiments started as soon as the satellite was launched. The scientific equipment used for the experiments operates properly. We receive the telemetry data from the spacecraft and analyze it,” Institute of Biomedical Problems press secretary Oleg Voloshin said, and please imagine that in a heavy Russian accent.

So, uh, why is Russia sending a satellite of love into space? And why lizards?

Foton-M was launched on July 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a mission to study the effect of weightlessness on plants and insects, and to conduct experiments on the growth of semiconductor crystals.

And thanks to these scientific experiments, Russia’s former status as a superpower will be restored. Putin thinks of everything!

[h/t The Washington Post]
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