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Latvia: 12m high statue commemorates monkey cosmonauts

4 26.09.2016 Инфо

A 12-metre-tall (39 ft) monument of a monkey-cosmonaut was erected in Riga’s Kronvalda Park, footage captured on Monday shows.
The monument named 'Sam' is the work of Russian sculptor from Denis Prasolov, who wanted to pay tribute to all animals that died in spaceflight survival tests before manned missions were attempted.
The statue was unveiled in the Latvian capital on September 20 while it will remain in the park until the end of October.
National space programmes of USA, France, China, Argentina, Japan and Iran also used animals to investigate the biological effects of space flights on them.