China’s secret 1960s mission to send two dogs into space 

Space


It’s 1966 and at a secret military base in southeast China, a small dog called Little Leopard is about to be sent into space.
Scientists carefully place the two-year-old animal, known as Xiao Bao in Mandarin, into a basket and hoist it up to a tiny capsule mounted on a T-7A rocket.
He was selected to join the mission in Guangde county, Anhui province from more than 100 puppies bred from star performers in an animal circus. They were chosen for their looks – the scientists insisted…

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