The first Earth-born creatures to go into orbit and return alive

Dogs Belka and Strelka spent 1 day in space aboard Sputnik 5 on 19th August 1960 before safely returning to Earth. This is about 8 months earlier than the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin who went up in April 1961.

The dogs had other companions too: a grey rabbit, 42 mice, 2 rats, flies and a number of plants and fungi.

The following are pictures of what it was like inside their capsule. The first picture is apparently of Laika, the first earth-born creature in space. Unfortunately s/he did not survive the flight:

This is a model of them and their spacecraft on display:

Everybody survived the flight.

They were the first Earth-born creatures to go into orbit and return alive.

Truly deserved to be featured on stamps and commemorative cards!

So now you know what to name your next puppies.

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Images are sourced via google image search.

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