A cash-strapped secret military base tries to beat the soviets in the “space race” by sending a cow to the moon.
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Before there was NASA…before Neil Armstrong left his footprints on the moon… before the exploration of man’s final frontier had begun, the future of space exploration had already commenced. In 1957, the Soviets launched the Soyuz-X3J rocket.
Onboard, was a dog named, Laika, heralded as a national hero as she was the first cosmonaut to reach the edges of outer space. But before Laika, there was group of animals, ready to show the world that they too had “the right stuff”.
This animated cadre of anonymous heroes are willing to reach for the stars and boldly go where no man, dog, chimpanzee or cow has ever gone before.
After 52-years, the saga of their secret mission can now be told.
This is their story.
Established by the United States Security Agency in 1953, ASTRO SCHOOL was a top-secret military facility, dedicated to the training of animal astronauts. Hidden in the depths of an underground bunker, located in the remote Nevada desert, known only as AREA 37, Astro School was a training facility so secret that not even The United States government knew of its existence. Hidden from the public eye for 52 years, its true story was left to the wild conjecture of conspiracy theorists and the whispers of urban legend.
Welcome to AREA 37 1/2.