The test blew up one of Russia’s own satellites, creating debris that forced the ISS crew to shelter in capsules.https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59299101
Thousands of debris fragments forced the astronauts/cosmonauts (and “taikonauts” in the Chinese-only space station) to shelter in their own separate modules.
“A kind of space madness,” is how one analyst phrased it.
Scientists around the world always have to deal with political maneuvering (i.e., bullshit). (Reference: 2010: A Space Odyssey – The Year We Make Contact).
The 128 baby bobtail squid will be used as part of research into the effects of spaceflight on beneficial interactions between microbes and animals. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57339989
So why use squid instead of dogs, chimps, or other mammals?
The squid have an immune system which is similar to that of humans.
And their distinct lack of a spine makes them similar to most politicians, too. Very helpful for finding out what might happen if we decide to…