Critters of the final frontier: animals that have been to space
For better or worse, these animals have seen the stars
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The debate regarding the use of animals in experiments for the sake of science is ongoing, and animal rights are finally beginning to win, but this cannot erase the long history that already exists of animal participation in the development of science and human progress. And this includes the Space Race.
Immeasurable amounts of essential information regarding how organisms act in space, and if it would be safe to send humans into the great unknown, can be credited to the animals who were sent up first. Some of the stories that follow end in tragedy, others in triumph, but it is important to honor all of the creatures and critters who have given us such vast knowledge of what lies beyond our own atmosphere.
Read on to learn about the most iconic times animals went to space.
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