White rat used in bio-science space flight 1964

White rat used in bio-science space flight 1964

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Caption: White rat astronaut. A white rat used by NASA in a sub-orbital spaceflight on 3 September 1964. The rat is apparently mounted in a fibre-glass couch, which has ventilation holes drilled in it. Public outrage at the cruel treatment of experimental animals by NASA reached a peak after the Bios-3 mission in 1969. This ended the Biosatellite programme, which was to have included two flights carrying rodents into orbit.

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Keywords: animal experiment, animal research, historical, history, rat, space, space flight, spaceflight, spaceflight test, white, white rat

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