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OFO - Orbiting Frog Otolith
American biology satellite. The Frog Otolith Experiment Package (FOEP) contained all apparatus necessary to assure survival of two frogs. Life Science satellite for NASA Ames Research Center, USA. Launched 1970.

AKA: Orbiting Frog Otolith. Status: Operational 1970. First Launch: 1970-11-09. Last Launch: 1970-11-09. Number: 1 . Gross mass: 133 kg (293 lb).

Specimens were housed in a water-filled, self-contained centrifuge which supplied the test acceleration during orbit. The FOEP was designed for flight as part of the Apollo Applications Program; however, the package was equipped for flight on an unmanned spacecraft.


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Family: Biology. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Scout, Scout B. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, Wallops Island LA3A. Agency: NASA. Bibliography: 2, 297, 6, 11555, 12904.
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1970 November 9 - . 06:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA3A. LV Family: Scout. Launch Vehicle: Scout B.
  • OFO 1 - . Payload: OFO 1 / RM 1. Mass: 133 kg (293 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Ames. Class: Biology. Type: Biology satellite. Spacecraft: OFO. Decay Date: 1971-05-09 . USAF Sat Cat: 4690 . COSPAR: 1970-094A. Apogee: 518 km (321 mi). Perigee: 304 km (188 mi). Inclination: 37.4000 deg. Period: 92.60 min.

    Orbiting Frog Otolith. The satellite carrying the OFO-A experiment remained in orbit for almost seven days. Recovery of the spacecraft was not planned. The payload was the Frog Otolith Experiment Package (FOEP). The objective of the experiment was to investigate the effect of microgravity on the otolith, a sensory organ that responds to changes in an animal's orientation within the Earth's gravitational field. Two bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana) were used as experimental subjects in the flight experiment. Additional Details: here....



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