Space veterans: Chernushka is the black dog on the right, Belka is behind her, Zvyozdochka is the dog in the vest at the back. The rest are the puppies of Strelka, in the vest on the left. One of the puppies was given as a gift to John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline.
Veterans of the orbital dog missions went on display at a March 1961 press conference: Chernushka (Чернушка, “Blackie”) stands far right and behind her is Belka(Белка, “Squirrel”). Center right isZvezdochka (Звёздочка, “Starlet”), fresh from her orbital mission. The proud mother, Strelka (Стрелка, “Arrow”), sits front left, surrounded by her litter.