Hamster Prepares for First Space Mission to Mars
Yamster Hightower, a hamster from Brooklyn, NY, will attempt to become the first hamster to orbit Mars when his space capsule launches from Houston, TX on Thursday.
The capsule will take nine months to reach Mars. Once there, the plan is for Yamster to orbit the planet four times, taking a number of photographs and atmospheric readings, and then use Mars’ gravity to slingshot back toward earth.
Yamster is reportedly excited for the mission after two false starts earlier this year.