DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Laika space dog commemorative stamp. Russian postage stamp commemorating Laika, the first animal to go into orbit. Laika was launched on 3rd November 1957. She was placed in 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 on re-entry on 14th April 1958, 162 days after its launch.
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