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Friday, August 19, 2016
Sputnik 5 (Korabl-Sputnik 2) launched 1960
Sputnik 5 (Korabl-Sputnik 2) was launched by the Soviet Union, August 19, 1960. It was the first flight where animals were sent into space and successfully returned to Earth. Precious cargo, Belka (Squirrel) and Strelka (Little Arrow), were two dogs among 40 mice and 2 rats who spent a day in orbit.
Strelka had a little of puppies the following year and one of the puppies was sent to then First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.