Yep, the first animal “born” in space was a cockroach!

 “Though the newborn creatures already eat and drink respectively well, microgravity conditions may have had an impact on the natural darkening of their chitinous carapace, a part of a cockroach’s exoskeleton.

“Cockroaches are born with a transparent carapace, which gradually turns into brown, and the space cockroaches went darker earlier than usual,” the scientist explained, adding that final conclusions would only be able to drawn only after the second female had given birth.”

I haven’t yet found what kind of roach it is, or why this is being described as “birth” rather than hatching.  Phil, do you have any inside info on that?

Thanks for the link, Neatorama!

Posted by Gwen Pearson

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