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You Know Animals Are Awesome, But Animal Astronauts Are Out Of This World.

You Know Animals Are Awesome, But Animal Astronauts Are Out Of This World.

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We've all heard stories of animal heroes, but what about animals that were true pioneers? Did you know that the first astronauts were actually cuddly little animals? It's true! Scientists were afraid of the effects of space travel would be hazardous to humans, so they sent animals up instead. Here are some of the brave animals who made giant leaps for humankind. Unfortunately, the majority of the animals sent into space didn't have a safe journey back home. RIP brave animal astronauts! This weird obsession with lobbing animals at the sky started in 1783 when the Montgolfier Brothers invented the hot air balloon. lauriesharp Instead of putting a convicted criminal in the balloon during its first public test flight li...