Cape Canaveral, FL-Compared to gerbils from even just a few years ago, today's "desert rats" are more aerodynamic and emit fewer pollutants into the atmosphere than their predecessors.
"The evidence is pretty solid," NASA rodentologist Frank Hines explained today on Good Morning Flint. "Extensive wind tunnel testing shows that gerbils suffer one third of the wind resistance, or drag, that effects other rodent."
The repercussions of these findings are likely to stir up controversy in a number of related fields. Astrobiologist Fran Gernstrawn stated in a NASA press conference held to announce the results of the study that "These findings vindicate our call for financial support of research on gerbil powered space flight." It is unclear if the shockwaves of these findings will reach as far as the International Olympic Committee, which has just approved rodent hurling as an demonstration sport.