How Fruit Flies From Space Could Help Us Reach Mars
The 41st expedition to the International Space Station is back on Earth, and the crew brought some flies along. Here's how they'll help us reach Mars.By Sebastian Martinez | November 10, 2014
The International Space Station Expedition 41 crew is back on Earth, and they've brought some aliens with them ...
LAUREN PRZYBYL, KDFW: "The crew of one astronaut, a German flight engineer and a Russian cosmonaut were not alone in the capsule — they brought back space-born fruit flies! It's all part of an experiment."
But before the science fiction plotlines start going, they're regular fruit flies; they just happen to be born in space. They were all frozen when they died, too, so they're not about to escape and breed with Earth-born fruit flies to create some kind of hybrid mutant fruit fly. The experiment was pretty cool, though.