Astromice Have Thin Skin And More Hair

Astromice Have Thin Skin And More Hair

A group of young mice were sent to live aboard the ISS for 91 days, and we learned from their missions for months to follow. Apparently, at least for mice, weightlessness may lead to thinner skin and more hair growth. Excessive hair growth usually thickens the skin of mice, but the "astromice" showed the opposite. This may apply to humans too. A study on astronauts in the 1990s found that humans tended to suffer many minor skin injuries while spending prolonged periods in space.

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from SciShow Space

Key Facts In This Video

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    Living in space (at least for mice) leads to thinner skin and more hair growth. (0:22)

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    A study on astronauts in the 1990s found that humans tended to suffer many minor skin injuries while spending prolonged periods in space. (1:44)

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    The most luminous galaxy ever discovered is WISE J224607.57-052635.0. (2:10)

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