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What was the first animal sent into space in nineteen forty seven?


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They weren't animals, they were insects. On Feb. 20, 1947, the United States put fruit flies aboard captured German V-2 rockets to study radiation exposure at high altitudes.

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The first animals sent into space were fruit flies aboard a U.S.-launched rocket on February 20, 1947 from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The purpose of the experiment was to explore the effects of radiation exposure at high altitudes.

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