• Question: What was tghe first animal in space?

    Asked by bubble to Arlene, Colin, David, Eugene, Paul on 20 Nov 2012.
    • Photo: David McKeown

      David McKeown answered on 20 Nov 2012:

      Fruit flies were the first animals in space, the US launched them up in 1947. They wanted to check out radiation exposure at high altitudes effected living things. Soon after they sent up monkeys and dogs, but the poor humble fruit fly was the first.

    • Photo: Colin Johnston

      Colin Johnston answered on 20 Nov 2012:

      First animal in orbit was a little Russian dog called Laika in 1957. Sadly she also was hefirst animal to die in orbit too.

    • Photo: Paul Higgins

      Paul Higgins answered on 22 Nov 2012:

      I have heard crazy theories that the first life on earth got here by hitching a lift on a comet. There is no way to prove it wrong I guess… So maybe space bacteria that we evolved from was the first life in space?