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Sputnik 9



This spacecraft was the fourth in a series of spacecraft designed as precursors to manned space flight. The spacecraft carried a dummy astronaut and the dog Chernushka. The flight lasted for a single orbit, and a successful recovery was made.

Alternate Names

  • 00091
  • 1961 Theta 1
  • Korabl Sputnik 4
  • Sputnik9

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1961-03-09
Launch Vehicle: Modified SS-6 (Sapwood) with 1st Generation Upper Stage
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 4700 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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