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Laika the space dog

Laika the space dog

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Laika the space dog. Laika was the first animal in space. She was launched aboard the Soviet Sputnik 2 spacecraft on 3 November 1957. Laika (meaning 'Husky' or 'Barker') was contained within a sealed cabin with a food store and an air conditioner. Soviet propaganda at the time maintained that she survived for about 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. Photographed on the 2 November 1957.

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