The dogs Belka and Strelka were sent into space and helped Russia to launch their manned missions. No means were available then to return these two little beauties to Earth, but they are proudly remembered.
Before Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space, numerous animals gave their lives for science in the often cruel and stressful tests of space flight. The first creatures to survive a 24 hour ordeal orbiting earth in a space craft were two spirited dogs named Belka and Strelka. All of the Soviet space dogs, including Belka and Strelka, were strays rounded up from the streets and put under various stress tests to see which were suitable for flight. It also helped to be cute and…
Belka and Strelka became national celebrities on landing, and a range of memorabilia was produced as a result. Illustrated by Yuri Galperin, "The Adventures of Belka and Strelka" was a childrens' book, released in 1961.
Cosmonaut Museum | Atlas Obscura | The museum (also known as Memorial Museum of Astronautics) celebrates the history of Russia's 20th-century space travel achievements, with around 85,000 items on space technology, astronomy, and space travel. There are also taxidermy space dogs, including Belka and Strelka. The museum is contained in the base of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space.
Belka en Strelka - 19 augustus 2010 Op Google Rusland werd herdacht met onderstaand logo dat de honden Belka en Strelka met succes in een baan om de aarde kwamen. De honden werden gelanceerd met de Spoetnik 5 op 19 augustus 1960. De twee honden keerden later heelhuids terug op aarde.