2019 Humboldt and the Web of Life
The International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space (ICARUS) scientists explore the global migration of animals. The short film focuses first on small animals such as birds, bats and fruit bats. So-called tags—tiny transmitters of less than five grams that are attached to the animals—collect information about their migratory behavior and send them to the ISS. Global animal movement data is essential in today's world and its international network to understand how to protect human health and wildlife at the same time. The results will be published in a freely accessible database. On February 13, 2018, ICARUS' receiving antenna successfully launched from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, to the ISS.