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Rodent Mating Chamber

The Rodent Mating Chamber, developed by the USSR, was designed to support embryology experiments onboard the Russian Cosmos Biosatellite. The chamber accommodates seven rats and can be partitioned by a remotely activated door to separate male and female rats until the door should be opened to allow rats to mingle and possibly mate, upon wich the door can be opened. The chamber includes eight feeding stations, providing the animals food at regular intervals. Water is available to the rats ad libitum. Unidirectional airflow moves wastes and debris into a waste collector located at the bottom of the cage. The lighting system regulates the light/dark cycle.

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+ As Flown on Cosmos 1129