The First American In Space Was A Captured Chimp

 
The first Earthling in space was not a human.
Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human sent into orbit. He was launched on April 12, 1961 onboard the Vostok 1 and spent one hour and 48 minutes in space.
However the distinction of being the first Earthling in space goes to Laika…

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