The map above shows all countries that have sent animals into space based on data from Wikipedia. There are quite a few surprising countries both on and off the list.
Animals include everything from fruit flies to monkeys. Reddit user walkalong compiled the complete list by country:
United States: Fruit Flies, Monkeys, Mice, Wasps, Beatles, Frogs, Roundworms, Fish, Spiders, Crickets, Snails, Sea Urchins, Brine Shrimp, Jellyfish, Silkworms, Bees, Ants, Cockroaches, Scorpions, Butterflies
Russia/USSR: Dogs, Rabbits, Rats, Fruit Flies, Frogs, Guinea Pig, Tortoises, Wine Flies, Meal Worms, Fish, Newts, Brine Shrimp, Water Bears, Cockroaches, Sexy Space Geckos
France: Rats, Cats, Monkeys
China: Mice, Rats, Dogs, Guinea Pigs
Argentina: Rats, Monkeys
Japan: Frogs, Newts
Iran: Mouse, Turtles, Worms, Monkey
Oops. As far as I know no British rock band has been sent to space by NASA.
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