Bubbles the Space Cat and the Test Dummy Dog
Posted by Richard Conniff on November 8, 2013
I’m going to venture a little far afield today, though still decidedly within the realm of “strange behaviors.”
These are more photos I pulled out of my Dad’s files for a story he wrote about space travel in the late 1950s. I’ll do the animal photos first. Will follow with some photos of human space program folk later, or tomorrow, as I get the chance.
Since space monkeys hog all the attention, let’s start with a cat and a dog.
I’m posting the captions from the U.S. Air Force below each photo. I get the impression the cat probably did not have finally approval over use of the word “merrily” in this one:
On the other hand, this unnamed dog gives off a decided “Put me in, coach” aura of readiness for launch.
Is this where the Mercury 7 learned that stoic, straight-ahead gaze of imperturbability?
More to come.