More than 100 baby squid and 5 000 microscopic animals are set to be launched to the International Space Station on Thursday.
Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket
The creatures along with other equipment for experiments, will head to the ISS aboard Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket. It’s hoped that the experiments will be able to help scientists understand the effects of spaceflight.
The launch at 13:29 EDT (17:29 GMT) will be broadcast live by NASA.
The 128 baby bobtail squid will be used as part of research into the effect of spaceflight on beneficial interactions between microbes and animals.
The squid have an immune system which is similar to that of humans. NASA says the experiment could support the development of protective measures to preserve astronaut health during long space missions.