Laika the space dog

Laika the space dog

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Credit: SPUTNIK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: First animal in space. Laika, the bitch who became the first animal in space, inside a mock-up of the cabin of the Soviet Sputnik 2 spacecraft. Sputnik 2 was launched on 3 November 1957. Laika (meaning "Barker" or "Husky") was contained within a sealed cabin with a food store and an air conditioner. Soviet propaganda at the time maintained that she survived for around a week, but in fact she died after just a few hours due to overheating and panic. The spacecraft was not designed to be recovered and it burnt up as it re- entered the atmosphere on 14 April 1958, 162 days after its launch. Still image from the documentary film First Soviet Satellites of the Earth.

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Keywords: 3 november 1957, 3rd, animal experiment, cis, dog, first animal in space, flight, laika, manned spaceflight, mock-up, novosti, program, programme, propaganda, russian, soviet, space, space animal, space dog, space experiment, sputnik 2

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