[FPSPACE] Two Russian anniversaries
ljk4 at msn.com
Fri Aug 19 12:33:45 EDT 2005
On this date in 1960, Belka and Strelka visited space for a day aboard
According to this source:
"They were accompanied by a grey rabbit, 40 mice, 2 rats, flies and a number
of plants and fungi. All biological passengers survived. Strelka went on to
have six puppies, one of whom named Pushinka, was sent to President John F.
Kennedy's children as a present. Pushinka's descendents are still living
"After death, the bodies of both Strelka and Belka were preserved. Belka is
on display in Moscow, while Strelka continues to tour the world as part of a
A few years later, in 1991, President Gorbachev was considered to be not
feeling well enough to run the USSR, so some of his generals decided to
stand in for him, until he got better, of course.
Belka and Strelka did not participate in the event, as far as we know.
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