Last week, Russia's space agency lost contact with their satellite of geckos. The Foton-M4 satellite was launched July 19th, and stopped responding last Wednesday after Russia attempted to send it into higher orbit. Four female and one male gecko were aboard in order to study the effect weightlessness had on their sex life.
Thankfully, they have now regained control of the gecko satellite. No one wants rogue space geckos floating about. The satellite is also monitoring mushrooms, plant seeds and Drosophila fruit flies in space.
Over the weekend, Russia's space agency was able to reconnect with their geckos and since that time, they have held seventeen communication sessions. The satellite is set to continue experiments for about two months, returning sometime in September.
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