Belka Soviet space dog after the mission

Belka Soviet space dog after the mission

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Caption: Space animal. Belka, one of the dogs on board the second spacecraft to carry animals into orbit, after the mission. Belka was launched in the Soviet Korabl-Sputnik 2 (also called Sputnik 5) on 19 August 1960. Belka (meaning "squirrel") was accompanied by another dog, 40 mice, 2 rats and some plants. The spacecraft orbited for one day, completing 18 revolutions around the Earth. It re-entered the atmosphere and the animals were recovered successfully. Belka's mission helped to pave the way for the first manned spaceflight the following year. Photographed during an "interview" with Radio Moscow.

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Keywords: animal experiment, belka, cis, dog, flight, korabl-sputnik 2, manned spaceflight, novosti, program, programme, russian, soviet, space, space animal, space animals, space dog, space experiment, sputnik 5

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