exploring space was from 1942-on wards
German v2 rocket
the first animal in space was a monkey and after wards was a dog that died the next day.
his name was Harrison Schmitt he was born in 1935
Her name was sally ride she died July 23 2012 aged 61
a german v2 lifted off on the boundary in space.
Albert the 2 was the first monkey in space.
The russion dog Laika was the first dog to Orbit the Earth.
His name was Yuri Gagarin he was born 9th of March 1934 and 27th of March 1968 aged 34.