Top 10 animal astronauts in space

By Lin Liyao
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Guinea pigs,one of the 'Top 10 animal astronauts in space' by

guinea pig astronauts (file picture)

 Year: 1961, 1990

Country: the Soviet Union, China

On March 9, 1961, the first guinea pig astronaut was sent into space with the Soviet Sputnik 9 spacecraft, along with a dog, several mice, reptiles and a dummy cosmonaut. All of the astronauts returned safely to Earth following the mission.

China launched the biosatellite FSW-1 No.3 on October 5, 1990, containing a collection of 60 plants and animals included some guinea pigs. The biosatellite was successfully recovered after eight days.

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