Honoring the animal astronauts who paved the way for humans to fly into space

NASA astronaut Cady Coleman shows the habitat occupied by golden globe spiders Esmeralda and Gladys aboard the International Space Station in 2011. (Image credit: NASA)

From insects to primates, from dogs and cats to cold-blooded reptiles, animals have played an important role in space exploration since the first fruit flies were launched into the Earth’s upper atmosphere. land in 1947.

Animals are the earliest precursors of human space programme. International space agencies rely on a variety of animals to test spacecraft survivability, as well as the impact microgravity can have on human biological processes.

https://www.space.com/animals-in-space-history-human-spaceflight Honoring the animal astronauts who paved the way for humans to fly into space

Chris Estrada

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