NPR rhymes the first line, so I don't have to:
"Space is a dangerous place. That message resonated again on Monday, when the Russian Federal Space Agency — Roscosmos — announced that a team of experimental geckos tasked with copulating while in orbit did not survive their journey."
I'm not sure why the Russians wanted to do sex experiments with geckos. It sounds twisted.
On the bright side, they also sent some fruit flies in the same capsule, apparently with similar twisted intent.
Fruit flies have earned their fame
as champs at the reproduction game.
Not only did they survive,
And the capsule returned with more
than there had been before.