Caption: Strelka, Soviet space dog, in her harness. Strelka and her canine companion Belka were launched into orbit on 19 August 1960 in the Sputnik 5 spacecraft (also called Korabl-Sputnik 2). They spent a day in orbit, before being returned safely to Earth. This was the second flight to send animals into space, though it was preceded by several suborbital flights. Belka and Strelka's mission helped pave the way for the first manned spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin the following year.

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Strelka, Soviet space dog

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