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Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Dogs of Space: The K9 Cosmonauts

Belka and Strelka were two dogs who were onboard the Sputnik-5 spacecraft when it broke into orbit on August 19, 1960, circled the Earth 17 times and returned home, reports Russia Today, commemorating the launch 50 years ago to this day.

The space travelers became instant stars, enjoying media support and later quiet and happy lives. One of Strelka’s pups was sent as a present to the family of US President John Kennedy by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Fifty years later, the Russian space dogs have become movie stars.


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