The Mars Gravity Biosatellite is an unmatched international effort that pools top-notch technical talent from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

The plan is to build a spacecraft capable of housing a small crew of mice. Hurled into low Earth orbit, this troop of “right stuff” rodents will live aboard the spinning satellite – a specially designed craft that creates artificial gravity identical to the true gravity field found on Mars.