Unable to distinguish the difference between water and mouse urine
so would never have thought professional basketball player as an
2. France and Spain?
3. Wait, things that don't move or paper? I always need to look these
up. Got it. No answer, though.
7. don't care. I'll guess order of mammals shot into space. Unless,
wasn't Laika the space dog first? No, just the href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laika">first launched into orbit.
The order on href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animals_in_space">this wiki page
has chimps before rats, which would make my guess wrong. Though that
page really needs a better focus on chronology and exact dates.
Should've gone to NASA href="http://history.nasa.gov/animals.html">first. Missing exact
dates for proof, but does suggest Russians used rats and rabbits before
dogs. There it is: Chimp, Jan 31, 1961; guinea pig, March 6, 1961;
human, April 12, 1961; cat, Oct 18, 1963
Four black mice were launched on June 3, 1959, on Discoverer
3, part of the Corona program of U.S. spy satellites, which was
launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on a Thor Agena A rocket. This
was the only Discoverer flight with an animal payload. The mice died
when the Agena upper stage fired downward, driving the vehicle into the
Pacific Ocean. The first try at launch was scrubbed after the telemetry
indicated no sign of activity in the capsule and the first crew of four
black mice was found dead. The mouse cages had been sprayed with krylon
to cover rough edges, and the mice had found the krylon tastier than
their formula and overdosed on it. The second try at launch with a
backup mouse crew was halted when the humidity sensor in the capsule
indicated 100-percent humidity. The capsule was opened up and it was
discovered that the sensor was located underneath one of the mouse
cages; it was unable to distinguish the difference between water and
mouse urine. After the sensor was dried out, the launch proceeded.