Sci/Tech There is a lizard sex satellite floating in space and Russia no longer has it under control

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At this very moment, a Russian satellite full of geckos -- (possibly) having sex -- is floating around in space -- and mission control has lost the ability to control it.

The Foton-M4 research satellite launched on July 19 with five geckos on board. The plan: To observe their mating activities in the zero-gravity conditions of Earth orbit. Several other earthly creatures, including plants and insects, were also placed on board for experiments.

But shortly after the satellite made its first few orbits, it stopped responding to commands from mission control. The equipment on board, however, is still sending scientific data back to earth, a spokesman for Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems said.

"The biological experiments started as soon as the satellite was launched," Institute press secretary Oleg Voloshin told RIA Novosti on Thursday. "The scientific equipment used for the experiments operates properly. We receive the telemetry data from the spacecraft and analyze it. … The current tasks have so far been fulfilled."

Teams of experts are working to reestablish a connection to the satellite, according to the company that built Foton-M.

 
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seph ir oth

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I was just about to post this, lol.
 

Accname

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they could at least broadcast some juicy lizard pron from that satelite. I mean, now that its already up there, you know...
 

tom_mai78101

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I said broadcasting tom. Theres a HUGE difference.
Oh... You can't do that. The signal needs to be encrypted, otherwise those satellites will be compromised. So, even if you are broadcasting the signals, NASA will not allow you to retrieve the signal without their decryption methods.
 

Accname

2D-Graphics enthusiast
Bullshit. You can sent out a signal without encryption as long as the communication from base is encrypted.
 

Accname

2D-Graphics enthusiast
How what? How to broadcast? I would guess the same fucking way that all the other tv satelites do it...
 

tom_mai78101

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I'm not a lawyer, so I'm not going through so many loopholes and another Comcast/Verizon connection frenzy.

And I don't have the expertise to understand how broadcasting TV signals out into space works, let alone know NASA-specific data.
 
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