The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position. ~Christine Stevens
The use of animals for scientific purposes is inhumane so therefore wrong and should not be done. There were serious consequences to the monkeys who were sent into space. Their lives were taken, because of man’s curiosity. They didn’t deserve to be scientific test subjects.
Before humans were out in space, several animals were launched into space. These animals included monkeys, mice, dogs, and fruit flies. These animals were sent to space to test the survivability of space before human space missions were attempted. Later, they were flown out to investigate biological processes and effects space flight might have on them. Several international space programs have launched animals into space. These programs were in United States, Russia, Argentina, and France.
The U.S. sent several animals including monkeys, but none were very successful. September 20, 1951, a monkey named Yorick and 11 mice mates were the first animals to survive rocket flight. Later, on May 28, 1959, Able, a rhesus monkey, and Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey, became the first monkeys to successfully return to Earth after traveling in space. France sent a pig-tailed macaque named Martine on a Vesta rocket on March 7, 1967. Martine became the first monkey to survive more than a couple of days after flying above the international definition of the edge of space. Russia sent rhesus monkey Zhakonya and Zabiyaka followed from September 15, 1989 to September 28, 1989. They hold the monkey in space endurance record at 13 days, 17 hours in space. On December 23, 1969, Argentina launched cai monkey named Juan. He was launched using a two-stage Rigel 04 rocket. It only ascended up to 60 km, it was not the definition of the edge of space, but was successfully recovered.
Some of the many failures and deaths of the...
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