Animals in Space

Animals in Space

July 12, 2018

What types of animals have been to space?

Melody Parker, Washington, D.C.


Fruit flies, mice, monkeys, chimpanzees, guinea pigs, rabbits, frogs, reptiles—a menagerie. Probably the most famous is Laika, the dog launched aboard Sputnik 2 on November 3, 1957. That flight was intended as a quick reiteration of the Soviets’ ability to hurl a large satellite into orbit, and the scientists didn’t even consider returning Laika to Earth; she died from excess heat and radiation within hours of achieving orbit. But her comrades Strelka and Belka safely completed a daylong mission on August 19, 1960.

 

Read Full Story




Also in News

Space Trivia! How many of these space facts do you know?
Space Trivia! How many of these space facts do you know?

August 09, 2019

12 space facts to test your knowledge of the stars! How many of these space facts can you answer? Check out our Instagram page for more fun space facts every Friday!

Read More

A Tiny Satellite Sailing on Sunbeams
A Tiny Satellite Sailing on Sunbeams

July 26, 2019

This week, a tiny space craft orbiting Earth did something that has never been done before, it sailed through space. It’s called LightSail 2 and is operated by The Planetary Society. Their little craft is a cubesat and it unfurled a sail made of mylar the area of a boxing ring and the weight of a paperclip. The mylar itself is the width of a human hair and instead of wind, it’s sailing on sunlight.

Read More

15 Facts About Apollo 11 You Didn't Know
15 Facts About Apollo 11 You Didn't Know

July 18, 2019

Fifty Years ago, on July 20th, 1969, two astronauts set foot on the moon for the first time in human history! We all know the basics of what happened but there are a lot more facts about the moon landing and Apollo 11 that aren’t common knowledge, and these are just a few!

Read More