Alexis Madrigal writes: "The Soviet Zond 5 sent the animals around the moon -- although not into lunar orbit -- during a mission in the middle of September, 1968. The unmanned craft then returned to Earth and splashed down in the Indian Ocean, after which the Russians recovered the craft." The turtles were fine.

15 Responses to “Communist turtles got to moon first”

  1. Donald Petersen says:

    Now I know why that red-eared slider in my kid’s preschool classroom always looks so goddamned smug.

  2. Bevatron Repairman says:

    Turtles, more turtles, I’ll stack ‘em to heaven!  I need ’bout three thousand six hundred and seven!

  3. Sirkowski says:

    In Soviet Russia, turtle jumped over the Moon.

  4. Rich Keller says:

    In Soviet Russia, it’s turtles all the way up?

  5. mindysan33 says:

     A tortoise of the people! 

  6. pupdog says:

    They didn’t come into contact with any radioactive goo did they? Or was that just something Eastman and Laird made up to cover up the cosmic-ray exposure angle?

  7. Wreckrob8 says:

    Heroes of the Soviet Union. I hope they got their medals.

  8. Al_Packer says:

    Shortly thereafter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appeared.  I knew that that program was a Communist conspiracy.

  9. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    Unfortunately, the turtle/human language barrier will ensure that the story of their epic battle with the space nazis will remain forever lost to us.

    • Wreckrob8 says:

      Surely there is no language barrier, versed in the universal language of Marxism Leninism as any good Communist turtle must be. Obviously there is an imperialist plot to discredit and suppress the achievements of socialism on behalf of the masses against the forces of cosmic aggression.

  10. Tavie says:

    I am a proud turtle owner this evening.

  11. gt bear says:

    commie turtles from space. they’d be 44 at least by now, depending on the kind of turtle. calls for a screenplay.

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