The Vostok 3KA-2, a 1961 Soviet space capsule that blasted into space on Mar. 25, 1961, carrying the dog Zvezdochka (Russian for Little Star€) and a lifesize cosmonaut mannequin. The flight was a test for Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic mission on April 12, 1961, when he became the first man in outer space.