Long before humans set foot on the Moon, dogs left their paw prints on the cosmos. Canine cosmonauts like Belka and Strelka were hailed as the first Soviet superstars. Films, books and memorabilia were produced in their honour. Space journalist and broadcaster Richard Hollingham tells the story of Soviet space dogs and the debt every astronaut – from Yuri Gagarin to Tim Peake – owes them.
Richard Hollingham is an award-winning science journalist, broadcaster and author of Space Dogs. He is a regular launch commentator for the European Space Agency, including when Tim Peake went into space as the first British ESA astronaut. Richard produces programmes on science and space for BBC radio – most recently ’10, 9, 8, 7′ about the missions leading up to Apollo 11, and ‘Message from the Moon’, which won a 2019 silver New York Festivals International Radio Award. Richard is also a former senior producer on the Today programme, author of the critically acclaimed Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery and co-presents the ‘Space Boffins’ podcast with Sue Nelson.
Saturday 26 October
Venue: The Forum, Auditorium
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