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9 unusual things researchers launched into space for science

We’ve been launching strange stuff into space since it became possible.

a bag of nickelodeon slime floating in front of a window on the international space station

Nickelodeon’s slime floats aboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

an astronaut holding a plastic box with various ports and channels

Human cells are held within this small, flexible piece of plastic. Channels and ports inside ensure nutrients and oxygen can reach the cells. Credit: NASA

a spider in its web

This spider spun its web aboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

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a group of mice in a cage

The “space pups” made from freeze-dried sperm flown aboard the International Space Station. Credit: Teruhiko Wakayama, University of Yamanashi

a bullet shapped spacecraft

The Orbiting Frog Otolith (OFO) spacecraft Credit: Wikipedia commons

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