Just wondering: Why is this man a hero for doing something a Soviet dog managed 46 years ago?

Not to mention the Space Monkey immortalized by John Prine.

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  1. lefty skeptic says:

    The difference is that the dog 46 years ago (Laika) didn’t survive.

    It’s a sad story, especially for a dog person like me.

  2. James Joyner says:

    True ’nuff. Just makes the pooch all the more heroic vis-a-vis our latecomer.

  3. Katewerk says:

    I was scratching my head about this story, too.
    “In an upcoming National Geographic special, a Chinese astronaut re–enacts the flights of early space pioneers.”