First Russian Space Dogs

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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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And that’s more advanced version of the descending capsule for dogs.

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All the dogs were honored when they managed returning with success from space.

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And that’s a very rare thing – a real dog’s space suit!

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If to be honest Russian space scientists also had experiments with rabbits. But still we need to admit that the main pioneers of space were dogs.

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And authorities always informed Soviet Russian people with the results of the flights, trying to raise feel of proud in common people souls.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    • 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’).

      • 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).

    • 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.”

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

  6. 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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