Friday-Saturday, August 19-20, 1960: Animals survive spaceflight

Belka and Strelka are among the animals in a "flying zoo" that is launched into orbit aboard the Soviet Union's Sputnik V. The next day they return alive, the first Earth-born creatures to do so. Also on board are a rabbit, rats, mice, flies, plants, fungi, microscopic water plants and seeds. The dogs get a hero's welcome in Moscow.

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