Quite an interesting monument appeared in Moscow. Especially for the Cosmonautics Day a monument to the first dog in space was erected on the territory that belongs to the Military Medicine Institute. The death of the dog was predetermined, so the tablet was recalling the remarkable feat for 10 years.
The monument to the Eskimo dog was erected in the Petrovsko-Razumovskaya alley only on the 11th of April. The decision about erecting of this monument was not a surprise, as the dog made a great contribution to the cosmonautics development. The dog was send into space in order to find out how zero-gravity affects a human body. The results were used to prepare a man for a flight into space. The life of the animal was a price for this, but there wasn’t a single word about it in the newspapers. The mass media concealed the fact that the dog was alive only for 6 hours and died because of high temperatures and a nervous breakdown.
The data about the dog’s destiny was exposed not so long time ago, but the goal of that experiment was reached. The scientists proved that it is possible for a human being to survive in zero-gravity. The next cosmonauts were more successful. The wide-known flyers Belka and Strelka returned to the Earth with a whole skin, as it was a planned flight.
The monument to the first dog in space has a form of a rocket, that turns out to be a palm. Belka is standing on it. The monument is two meters high. Many tourists and Moscow residents may have a look at the monument and enjoy a small four-legged creature, which was the first USSR cosmonaut.
Yuri Gagarin’s flight owes a lot to its predecessors that proved the possibility to stay alive in space. The Eskimo dog was a pathfinder and it deserves to be respected and to remain memorable.