Posts Tagged ‘Worms’

Animals in Space: From Research Rockets to the Space Shuttle

April 18, 2008

The animals that paved the way for Neil Armstrong and his cohorts have inspired a fresh take on the ubiquitous lost dog notice. Suzy Freeman-Greene revisits some walkies on the wild side.

One winter’s day, in December 1958, a fluffy squirrel monkey called Gordo was given a helmet and strapped onto a tiny rubber couch. Soon after, he was blasted into space in the nose of an American Jupiter missile. Gordo experienced nine minutes of weightlessness and is thought to have survived his capsule’s re-entry to earth. But the craft landed in the Atlantic Ocean and his body was never found.

Gordo was one of hundreds of animals sent into space from 1949 to 1990. In the name of science, monkeys, dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, rats, frogs, worms, fish, tortoises and even spiders have journeyed towards the stars. While plenty survived, many others died.

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A typographic tribute to animals lost in space research

April 15, 2008

Orbit Oblique is a typographic tribute to ‘animals lost in space’. “During the period 1949-1990 the space race between the USA and Russia saw dozens of animals being launched into space in the name of scientific research. These unwilling participants included not just monkeys and dogs but also cats, rats, frogs, worms, spiders, fish and even fruit flies. Many were never seen again.”

The exhibition features a series of backlit typographic billboards, the first public release of the typeface Bisque (whose exclusive usage rights were auctioned on ebay) and the publication that accompanies the exhibition sounds terrific: a limited edition hard-bound type sampler with letterpress printed covers.

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One of Orbit Oblique's billboards

South Africa: Neglect of animals threatening human lives

March 5, 2008

Domestic and farm animals in poverty-stricken rural areas often need veterinary care more desperately than animals in townships.

Allan Perrins, chief executive officer of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, says the rural neglect of animals is a countrywide problem and the Karoo is the Western Cape’s “hotspot”.

Vast distances between clinics and homes and lack of transport, education and money all contribute to the problem.

There was an epidemic of mange, a condition that could be transferred to humans as scabies, Perrins said. This was especially dangerous for children, the elderly, and those living with tuberculosis or HIV.

Recently a vet visiting Ladismith in the Karoo had to put down, over a few hours, 60 animals infected with mange.

Fleas, ringworm, worms and other afflictions can also be contracted by humans.

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