Today in History
August 19, 1960
The USSR launches Korabl-Sputnik-2, also known as Sputnik 5, with two dogs, 40 mice and 2 rats onboard. The animals return alive a day later, becoming the first to survive orbital flight. Sputnik 5 accelerates the race between the United States and the USSR to be the first to send a man into space, which the Soviet Union wins in 1961 when it sends Yuri Gagarin into orbit.
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In 1958, Explorer 1 launched America's response to the USSR's Sputnik
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