28 First Russian Space Dogs

First Russian Space Dogs

Posted on February 22, 2007 by


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We had first Russian space pig a few day ago. Ok now it's turn for Russian space dogs.

There were a lot of them. Before the first human has traveled to space and back there were twenty nine launches with dogs. Ten dogs died, saving the life to the first human offering Russian space scientists invaluable data on how all the systems of the ship behave during the space flight, launch and its landing. Some dogs even had a few flights.

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This is a dog in a first version of dog space suit. It was very simple first.

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That's a descending module of the first dogged (like manned) flight to space.


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28 Responses to “First Russian Space Dogs”

  1. mrcann says:

    “PREVED” from space! :)

    • Peterm says:

      In russian people say “privet”, and not “preved”. Learn to write.

      • Publius says:

        If you’re not trolling, you must not be Russian…

      • Peterm says:

        Preved (Russian: Преве́д) is a meme in the Russian-speaking Internet which developed out of a heavily-circulated picture, and consists of choosing alternative spellings for words for comic effect. The picture, a modified version of John Lurie’s watercolor Bear Surprise, whose popularity was stoked by emails and blogs, features a man and a woman having sex in the clearing of a forest, when suddenly a bear comes out, and with paws raised, says “Surprise!” in the original version, or “Preved!” (a misspelling of privet, Russian: приве́т – “hi!”) in the Russian adaptation. In keeping with another popular trend of image manipulation, that picture has been extensively modified by placing the bear, who has become an icon, into other pictures where his appearance adds a new dimension to the joke.

  2. rufus says:

    I’am sorry, what were the names of the the two dogs that’re pictured in the first image?

  3. Alex says:

    I think these space suites are so kute… ;)

  4. Nastia says:

    They are the Laika breed right?

  5. Allen says:

    Laika is also the name of the first creature in space.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laika

  6. Gizmo42 says:

    Actually Laika was the first creature in orbit (november 1957), not the first sent into space.

    The first creatures sent into space were fruit flies (july 1946) from a US launced V2 rocket. Followed by several other animals by boths US and Soviet launches.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animals_in_space

  7. Polina says:

    They were not Laika breed, even Laika herself wasn’t Laika breed. They were all “mutts”, homeless dogs taken from the streets and trained.

    From Wikipedia:

    Belka (Белка, literally, “Squirrel”, but as a dog’s name most likely means “Whitey”, from Russian: “белый” (for “white”)) and Strelka (Стрелка, “Little Arrow”) spent a day in space aboard Korabl-Sputnik-2 (Sputnik 5) on August 19, 1960 before safely returning to Earth. They were accompanied by a grey rabbit, 40 mice, 2 rats, flies and a number of plants and fungi. All passengers survived. Strelka went on to have six puppies, one of whom was named Pushinka (Пушинка, “Fluffy”) and was presented to President John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline by Nikita Khrushchev. Pushinka’s descendants are still living today.

    After death, the bodies of both Strelka and Belka were preserved. Belka is on display in Moscow, while Strelka continues to tour the world as part of a travelling exhibition.

    • Darek from Poland says:

      As I know the first dog in space was anesthetize to death after one or few hours mission becouse the mission hadn’t included controlled return to the Earth (or the return was included but there wasn’t enough thermical protection for live being).
      As I remember the first dog was called ‘Layka’ (pronuncation: ‘Why-ka’).

      • Darek from Poland says:

        Comment by Gizmo42
        >Actually Laika was the first creature in orbit (november
        >1957), not the first sent into space.
        >The first creatures sent into space were fruit flies (july
        >1946) from a US launced V2 rocket. Followed by several other
        >animals by boths US and Soviet launches.

        It’s fact, first orbital fly is not the same as ‘first in space’ (over athmosphere).

  8. I am says:

    Kids of this dogs was sent to us goverment

  9. Phyek says:

    Man’s best friend.

    Love the pics, thanks.

  10. dialashop says:

    Amazing photos of the nice dogs. It would be nice if there was a movie or a documentary made showing the space dogs.

    • Symber_Gwenza says:

      Actually there is an excellent graphic novel (okay, a COMIC!) named “Laika” which narrates many of the events leading to the launch of Sputnik II and the debates and contoversies (concerning animal rights) that followed. I read it, and I liked it very much. I recommend it.

  11. PepeLapiu says:

    Hi all, I would like to find some footages of dogs in space and maybe some footages of Uri Gagary’s first trip in space. Does anyone know where I could find those?

  12. Lulz says:

    Laika is a hero of mine.

    “The more time passes, the more I’m sorry….
    We shouldn’t have done it….
    We did not learn enough from the mission to justify the death of the dog.”

    http://www.novareinna.com/bridge/laika.html

  13. Discount says:

    Dogs rulez. Fulgusor said.

  14. Alisha Cox says:

    I love those large German Shepherd dogs and also those tiny Chihuahua`*:

  15. Incredibly interesting read. Honestly.

  16. If only more than 92 people would read about this.

  17. montra---trimek--pig---thailand says:

    good—-morning—–lai–ka—-dog—-space—-number–1———-o.k.—–monument—-laika——wonderful—–dog—–space—-

  18. pound puppy says:

    Thousands of healthy dogs are put down every day and their deaths are absolutely meaningless. FYI.

  19. my girlfriend really loves cute dogs and puppies, she thinks they are little babies–~

  20. ANIMALAURA says:

    Ya know… with ALL the people sitting in prisons in Russia, you would think they could have trained one of THOSE go into space and possibly die (or be discomforted)… rather than helpless dogs. If people, rather than animals, are used as test subjects, then the data would be collected easier because at least the people could TALK!
    OF COURSE, I am also all for using prisoners as test subjects for drugs and surgeries, rather than animals. At least the prisoners would be serving society!

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