The first animals in space: Russian dogs, French cats and US monkeys

China had a secret mission more than 50 years ago to send two dogs into space, and their journeys helped blaze a trail for the country’s human space exploration programme, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has revealed.
Afterwards, space authorities decided not to continue using large animals for space experiments because it wasn’t worth it – the data was too unreliable.
But other countries such as the United States and Russia had already sent many animals into space, and…

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