Monkeys used in Soviet space research

Monkeys used in Soviet space research

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Credit: SPUTNIK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Space monkeys. Rhesus monkeys sent into space as part of the Russian-American Biocosmos/Bion or Biosputnik space programme. These monkeys, called Verny and Gordy, were aboard the Cosmos 1667 mission, and were used in vestibular and blood flow research. The monkeys' response to radiation exposure was also noted. Also aboard the Cosmos 1667 were rats, newts, insects and plants. The mission was launched from Plesetsk cosmodrome, Russia, on 10 July 1985 and returned to Earth successfully on 17 July 1985. Photographed at the Institute of Medico-Biological Problems in Moscow, Russia.

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Keywords: biocosmos, bion, biosputnik, cis, cosmos 1667, flight, manned spaceflight, monkey, novosti, program, programme, research, rhesus monkey, russian, soviet, space, space animal, space animals

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