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19/08/1960 The Soviet Union launches the satellite with Belka and Strelka

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Легендарные собаки-космонавты Белка и Стрелка

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Belka and Strelka Russian space dogs

Korabl-Sputnik 2 was a Soviet artificial satellite, and the third test flight of the Vostok spacecraft. It was the first spaceflight to send animals into orbit and return them safely back to Earth. It paved the way for the first human orbital flight, Vostok 1, which was launched less than eight months later.