How It Works

How many animals have been to space?

Due to the large numbers of eggs, bacteria and small insects involved, it’s difficult to give an accurate answer to this question, but the final figure would be quite large – certainly over several hundred. During the Fifties and Sixties, the USSR alone sent over 50 dogs into space. Over 30 monkeys have been sent into space by the USA, USSR and France. Monkey astronaut names include Albert 1-6 (inclusive), Mike, Patricia, Baker, Abel, Martine, Pierette, Zabiyaka, Ivasha, Lapik, Multik and No 384-80.

Barnaby Salton, Science Museum




  • Jay

    Bacteria? What are you talking about? The question clearly says “animals”.

  • that is funny