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Sputnik 6

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sputnik_6

Crew

  • None

Mission parameters

  • Mass: 4,563 kg
  • Perigee: 166 km
  • Apogee: 232 km
  • Inclination: 64.97°
  • Period: 88.47 minutes
  • NSSDC ID: 1960-017A

Mission highlights


Image of one of the dogs onboard Sputnik 6, demodulated by CIA electronic intelligence
Image of one of the dogs onboard Sputnik 6, demodulated by CIA electronic intelligence

This test flight of the Vostok spacecraft carried two dogs, Pchelka and Mushka (diminutive "bee" and "fly", respectively), as well as a television system and other scientific instruments. The flight lasted for one day. The reentry did not happen on the 17th orbit as planned. The descent module was descending on its 18th orbit when it was destroyed by a destruct charge. The test Vostok spacecraft carried explosive charges to prevent them from falling into foreign hands. The destruction of the spacecraft precluded successful recovery and killed the two animals.

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Published - July 2009














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