SAS Lecture: Space Dogs - and their legacy

About this event :

During the 1950s and 1960s the Soviet space program used dogs for sub-orbital and orbital space flights to determine whether human spaceflight was feasible.

In this period, the Soviet Union launched missions with passenger slots for at least 57 dogs.

Most survived; the few that died were lost mostly through technical failures.

In this fascinating talk Dr Pete Edwards will explore these early Soviet space flights using dogs and their legacy.

Talks in Person

This walk will be held at the Washington Wetlands Centre (Discovery Room).

Please show you support to our speaker and the Society if you can on the night.

Hopefully we’ll see you all at the Washington Wetlands Centre (Discovery Room) , a Raffle & Refreshments as usual.


Zoom Access

The talk will be in-person and while the talk will also be broadcast over Zoom it’s recommended to attend in person at the Washington Wetlands Centre to get the best to get the best experience from the talk.

But if you can’t make it in person and  you interested in viewing and participating (i.e. Q&A) in this month’s talk,  please send an email request to

Stating your:

  • Name
  • And if you are a current/potential SAS member (i.e. Single, Family, Concession, etc) or you have a just a general interest in the lecture(s)

We will be then send you details on How to join the Zoom video meeting for the SAS talk.

The requisites will be:

  • Meeting ID – 375 091 0450
  • Password Begins with “C*****”
    • which are the usual zoom password details

Talk will also be broadcast via Zoom (providing no technical and/or WIFI difficulties)


When Where

  • Date:  Sunday 18th February 2024,
  • Time: 7pm.
  • Speaker: Dr Pete Edwards, Director of Science Outreach, Durham University Department of Physics, 
  • Venue: Via Zoom (due to Pandemic Social Distancing Restrictions).

Our speaker

Dr Pete Edwards, Director of Science Outreach, Durham University Department of Physics.

Pete is an experienced science communicator who co-ordinates the outreach programme of the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University. 

In a former life Pete was a secondary school teacher, before undertaking research in various areas including gamma ray astronomy and astro particle physics.


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Your host : Martin Kennedy