NASA experiments on seals in zero gravity
While Soviet scientists trained Squirrel and Strelka, their American colleagues from Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories watched how cats and pigeons would behave in weightlessness.
The US Air Force conducted research in aerospacemedical laboratory to determine what will happen to the American cosmonauts in outer space before they are there. This short documentary film was shot at the dawn of the space age in the 1960s, as a fascinating time capsule of us in the era of early research, achievements and fears.
At the turn of the 1950s and 1960s, Americansinvestigated the influence of weightlessness on the behavior of various living beings. These footage, included in the film Bioastronautics Research, shot in a military aircraft Convair C-131 Samaritan. Initially, the plane flies horizontally, and cats, abandoned from a small height, traditionally land on their paws. Then the airplane enters a steep peak, and the resulting short-term state of weightlessness loses this ability.