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Glass Ashtray $50

Glass ashtrays feature dogs from the Soviet space program.

During the 1950s and 1960s, the Soviet Union used a number of dogs for suborbital and orbital space flights to determine whether spaceflight was viable.

On November 3, 1957, Laika (Barker in Russian) was the first animal launched into orbit. Laika had been a stray, rounded up from the streets of Moscow and trained for spaceflight. She reached orbit at an altitude of nearly 2,000 miles above Earth (sadly, she did not survive the full journey).

On August 19, 1960, Belka (Whitey in Russian) and Strelka (Little Arrow) spent a day in space aboard Sputnik 5 before safely returning to earth becoming the first living animals to survive orbital flight.

Glass measures 4 inches in diameter. Felt on underside prevents scratching. Custom made in the USA. Illustrations by Paulina Reyes.

Available in Red (Laika), Blue (Belka), and Green (Strelka). Sold individually.

Glass Ashtray

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