YOU Gateway to Space - - Liftoff! -

The Union of Soviet So­cial­ist Re­publics (USSR) was a com­mu­nist state that ex­isted be­tween 1922 and 1991. Af­ter 1991 it was dis­solved into Rus­sia and sev­eral other in­de­pen­dent coun­tries such as Ukraine, Ge­or­gia, Ar­me­nia and Kaza­khstan.

BELKA AND STRELKA These two dogs be­came fa­mous when they re­turned from space – alive! They were ac­com­pa­nied by a grey rab­bit, 42 mice, 2 rats, flies and sev­eral plants and fungi. All the pas­sen­gers sur­vived.

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