Russian Officials Unable to Contact Animal-Carrying Spaceship

July 25, 2014 7:34 PM

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Russian Officials Unable to Contact Animal-Carrying Spaceship

A Russian space capsule carrying a package of biological and materials research specimens, including geckos and plant seeds, has stopped responding to commands from Earth, the Russian space agency announced Thursday (July 24).

The Foton M4 spacecraft launched July 18 on a two-month mission with 22 Russian and German experiments to study how animals, plants, microbes and next-generation manufacturing materials react to spaceflight.

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