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2. What was the first animal to be sent into space from Earth?

In 1947, a jar of fruit flies was sent 106 miles above the surface of the Earth and then parachuted back down to safety. The flies were recovered alive. A year later, a monkey was launched into space. But it wasn't until 1957 that a dog was launched into orbit. (Yes, insects are animals)

In 1947, a jar of fruit flies was sent 106 miles above the surface of the Earth and then parachuted back down to safety. The flies were recovered alive. A year later, a monkey was launched into space. But it wasn't until 1957 that a dog was launched into orbit. (Yes, insects are animals)

In 1947, a jar of fruit flies was sent 106 miles above the surface of the Earth and then parachuted back down to safety. The flies were recovered alive. A year later, a monkey was launched into space. But it wasn't until 1957 that a dog was launched into orbit. (Yes, insects are animals)

In 1947, a jar of fruit flies was sent 106 miles above the surface of the Earth and then parachuted back down to safety. The flies were recovered alive. A year later, a monkey was launched into space. But it wasn't until 1957 that a dog was launched into orbit. (Yes, insects are animals)

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Fruit flies

 

Dog

 

Chimpanzee

 
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