Thursday, August 19, 2010

Soviets Send Dogs into Space: Fifty Years Ago Today

On this day in 1960, Belka and Strelka ~ that is Whitey and Arrow ~ were sent into orbit as the first Soviet space travelers to return safely to earth. Another story entirely is how one of Strelka's descendants got into the White House as Caroline Kennedy's pet.

Belka and Strelka closely followed in the pawprints of Little Laika, who had made history as the first Soviet space martyr. And then following spring, Yuri Gagarin became the first cosmonaut, in April 1961. Gagarin quipped that he didn't know who he was: the first human or the last dog in space. Thanks to Russia Today for this fascinating video about today's heroes, Belka and Strelka.

A salute to Kyle at Windows to Russia for his great post on the story.


Kyle and Svet Keeton said...

Thanks for the link. Your blog is looking very good.Hope all is treating you good.

Kyle and Svet


I like the title of your blog :)

Eileen said...

Oh Kyle, *thank you!* Your Windows to Russia is always right on the cutting edge. I mean, you're right there. (Having married Russian doesn't hurt that any, yes? haa) Often I visit and want to comment....but I don't seem to have figured out your fancy system for doing so. ;) I'm in US right now, check my latest post and you'll know why! ;)

Yazzie, thanks!