Have you ever thought about the special sacrifices that had to be made in order to get astronauts up to the moon?
Since the early days of space exploration scientists used animals in space programs. Monkeys, dogs, cats and other animals were sent into space missions.
Many animals - mainly monkeys and dogs helped scientists learn more about "great unknown".
These animals were sent to space to investigate the biological processes, the gravity, and the effects of space flight on living beings.
Monkeys are used often used in this type of tests because they had very similar body structure to humans and sometimes were trained to perform several tasks during the flight.
Numerous monkeys were launched into space. They were sent to space in order to analyze the biological processes and other effects of space flight. Many of these experiments were cruel, but generated usable data. Read all about these monkey astronauts.
Why are space chimps so important? Before humans went into space the chimps were used to test the effects of space flight. They were trained to carry out various tasks on space ships by getting bananas for performing correctly and receiving mild electric shocks for making mistakes.
During Cold War, USA and USSR carried many missions with animals in space. But why are space animals so important? What were the first living animals to survive orbital flight? Learn more about animals in space and how they helped with space exploration.
If you want to learn a little more about these furry astronauts, read all our articles.