You Can Buy This Adorable, Original Soviet Spacesuit For Your Dog

Is your dog made of tough stuff? Is it calm under pressure? Is it smart, patient and loyal? Then maybe it would make a great space dog—and if so this is just the outfit for your precocious pooch.

This is one of the original 1950s dog spacesuits, originally used to test what effects low gravity and high-speed launches had on mammals. The suit is believed to have been used by the dogs Belka and Strelka for the USSR's Korabl-Sputnik 2 mission—the first of Russia's space dogs to actually return to Earth safely. In fact, Strelka later gave birth to six puppies—and one was given to John F. Kennedy's family.

It goes up for auction on 13 September , and is estimated to sell for $10,000 or so. [New Scientist]