Ethics of sending animals into space

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Post Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:40 pm

Ethics of sending animals into space

One thing that's always surprised me is how little fuss there has been about the various space programmes sending animals into space.

There is a fascinating and detailed Wikipedia article about animals in space here:

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

I can see that there was usually some plan to return the dogs or monkeys safely to Earth, but I can also see that often this didn't work and the animals died during their flights. I suppose the whole point of these experiments was to make spaceflight safer for humans, which has to be a good thing if we're going to venture into space at all. Still, it seems a bit tough on Laika and co.

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

Sputnik 2 was not designed to be retrievable, and Laika had always been intended to die.

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Post Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:49 pm

Re: Ethics of sending animals into space

RickLewis wrote:One thing that's always surprised me is how little fuss there has been about the various space programmes sending animals into space.

There is a fascinating and detailed Wikipedia article about animals in space here:

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

I can see that there was usually some plan to return the dogs or monkeys safely to Earth, but I can also see that often this didn't work and the animals died during their flights. I suppose the whole point of these experiments was to make spaceflight safer for humans, which has to be a good thing if we're going to venture into space at all. Still, it seems a bit tough on Laika and co.

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

Sputnik 2 was not designed to be retrievable, and Laika had always been intended to die.
Indeed, because Sputnik 2 was designed within a month or so, because the Kremlin had ordered a propaganda stunt before the 40th anniversary of some revolution or other,

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Post Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:12 pm

Re: Ethics of sending animals into space

There was not quite as much political correctness/meekness in the 50s and 60s.

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