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Soviet space dogs

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"On 3 November 1957, Laika became the first Earth-born creature to travel to space. Although she died a few hours after launch, subsequent canine travellers returned from their out-of-this-world missions alive.

They became national heroes in the Soviet Union, with their images reproduced on everything from cigarette packets and sweet-tins and stamps to postcards. As the new book Soviet Space Dogs is launched, here’s a look at canine space explorers in Soviet pop culture"

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/sep/02/soviet-space-dogs?view=desktop

'The Dogs That Conquered Space'

"Humans were too risky, monkeys too fidgety, so the Soviet Union chose dogs as its first cosmonauts. It is a story of science, sacrifice and – for those that survived – sausage-filled celebrity."

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/sep/02/soviet-space-dogs

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And how perfectly quaint, a Soviet dog spacesuit to be auctioned - and it could fetch more than 6,000 pounds.

.1950s spacesuit will go to auction in Berlin on September 13.

.Lace-up suit comes with an oxygen supply tube is made from a combination of cotton, nylon, aluminium and rubber.

.Its believed to have been have been worn by space dogs Belka and Strelka during training sessions for the USSRs Korabl Sputnik 2 mission.

.Dogs were used to test the effects of gravity and acceleration.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2739679/A-cosmic-canine-accessory-Soviet-dog-spacesuit-auction-fetch-6-000.html#ixzz3CLU9U7uN

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Canine collectible ~ Soviet cosmo dogs spacesuit sold for $18,000 at auction:

The authentic spacesuit worn by one of the pair of the world-famous, first-ever dogs in space, Belka and Strelka, was sold at an auction on Saturday.

The four-legged, full body suit was used in the training of the dogs Belka and Strelka, says Auctionata website.

"This is a brown lace up full body suit with breathing apparatus. The dog space suit can be adjusted to the size of the dog at body and legs with strings. There is a ring in the front for the helmets insertion," says the description under the lot. "The tube for the oxygen supply runs along the lower side of the suit."

"This was one of the first space suits for dogs to test the effects of low gravity and high-speed launches on living organisms," the suits description says.

http://rt.com/news/187564-space-suits-dog-auction/

Does anyone else remember this? :lol:

http://homepage2.nifty.com/~tintin/image/character/hero/moon.jpg

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