Animals in Space

Colin Burgess

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Many readers will doubtless be astonished to learn that animals were being
fired aloft in U.S. and Soviet research rockets in the late 1940s. In fact most
people not only believe that the Russian space dog Laika was the first canine
to be launched into space, but also that the high-profile, precursory Mercury
flights of chimps Ham and Enos were the only primate flights conducted by the
United States. In fact, both countries had sent literally dozens of animals
aloft for many years prior to these events and continued to do so for many
years after. Other latter-day space nations, such as France and China, would
also begin to use animals in their own space research. Animals in Space will
explain why dogs, primates, mice and other rodents were chosen and tested, at a
time when dedicated scientists from both space nations were determined to
establish the survivability of human subjects on both ballistic and orbital
space flights. It will also recount the way this happened; the secrecy involved
and the methods employed, and offer an objective analysis of how the role of
animals as spaceflight test subjects not only evolved, but subsequently changed
over the years in response to a public outcry led by animal activists. It will
explore the ways in which animal high-altitude and space flight research
impacted on space flight biomedicine and technology, and how the results - both
successful and disappointing - allowed human beings to then undertake that same
hazardous journey with far greater understanding and confidence. This book is
intended as a detailed yet highly readable and balanced account of the history
of animal space flights, and the resultant application of hard-won research to
space technology and astrobiology. It will undoubtedly become the ultimate
authority on animal space flights. TOC:Dedication.- Foreword.-
Acknowledgements.- Authors' Preface.- Taming the Rockets: From Wrath to
Research.- High Altitude Research.- Pioneers of Destiny.- Holloman, and the
Albert Hall of Fame.- Able and Baker Lead the Way.- The Most Famous Dog in
History.- Prelude to Manned Space Flight.- Biting the HandistHHH.- The French
Space Connection.- The Trouble with Bion.- Shuttling into Orbit.- Latter-Day
Space Travellers.- Glossary and Notes.- List of Illustrations.- Appendixes.-
Bibliography and References.- Index.




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