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Bion 5

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 1979-083A

Description

Bion 5 (Cosmos 1129) was a biomedical research mission involving scientists from nine countries. Among the experiments was the first attempt to breed mammals in space, which proved unsuccessful. The mission ended after 18.5 days.

The spacecraft was based on the Zenit reconnaissance satellite and launches began in 1973 with primary emphasis on the problems of radiation effects on human beings. Launches in the program included Cosmos 110, 605, 670, 782, plus Nauka modules flown on Zenit-2M reconnaissance satellites. 90 kg of equipment could be contained in the external Nauka module.

Alternate Names

  • Cosmos 1129
  • 11536
  • Biocosmos 5
  • Bion5

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1979-09-25
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
Launch Site: Plesetsk, U.S.S.R
Mass: 6000 kg

Funding Agencies

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)
  • Institute of Biomedical Problems, Moscow (U.S.S.R)

Discipline

  • Life Science

Additional Information

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