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Sputnik 5



This spacecraft was the second in a series of spacecraft designed to further the development of an Earth orbiting system for the planned manned space program. The spacecraft carried two dogs, Strelka (pictured) and Belka, in addition to a television system and other scientific instrumentation. After a one day flight, the spacecraft and both dogs were successfully recovered.

Alternate Names

  • 1960 Lambda 1
  • Korabl Sputnik 2
  • 00055
  • Sputnik5

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1960-08-19
Launch Vehicle: Modified SS-6 (Sapwood) with 1st Generation Upper Stage
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 4600 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Engineering
  • Life Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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