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Bion 6



Bion 6 (Cosmos 1514) was a biomedical research mission. Two Rhesus monkeys were flown implanted with sensors to permit monitoring of carotid artery bloodflow. Eighteen pregnant white rats were used for studies of the effects of microgravity and radiation. The rats subsequently produced normal litters. The mission ended after five 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

  • Biocosmos 6
  • Cosmos 1514
  • 14549
  • Bion6

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1983-12-14
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
Launch Site: Plesetsk, U.S.S.R
Mass: 5700 kg

Funding Agencies

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


  • Life Science

Additional Information

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