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    Belka and Strelka weren't the first dogs to venture into space. However, they were the first to make it back alive, paving the way for Yuri Gagarin and other human space explorers.

    Photo: The two dogs exit the capsule following their journey.

    On August 20, 1960 two dogs, Belka and Strelka, became the first Earth-born creatures to go into orbit and return alive.

    On August 20, 1960 two dogs, Belka and Strelka, became the first Earth-born creatures who have returned from orbit alive. The launch took place on August 19, 1960 at the Baikonur space center.

    Both dogs spent 25 hours in space, circling the Earth 17 times and bringing back valuable data on how spaceflight affects animal physiology.

     

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    space, cosmonauts, Space Research Institute, Strelka, Belka, Soviet Union
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