Soviet Space Dogs
Check out some pictures of Soviet space dogs at EnglishRussia.com.
A Russian space dog was the first living creature launched into Earth orbit: Laika the dog, aboard Sputnik 2, on 3 November 1957.
Laika was meant from the start to be sacrificed in the name of Science; Sputnik 2 was never meant to return safely to Earth.
Some equipment malfunctions caused overheating inside the Sputnik 2 capsule; the temperature rose to 40 degrees Centigrade, which caused Laika to die four days after being launched into orbit.
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February 23rd, 2007 @ 12:38
There was a really good movie that came out in the late 80’s entitled “My Life as a Dog.” I think it references Laika. It’s a great story and I recommend the film. Space pups have little to do with the film though.
My dog’s always game for a ride in the back of the pick up, but I’d be hard pressed to see her on a rocket. No smells, no wind.
There’s an urban myth that some of the U.S. space chimps are buried in Austin, TX.
February 23rd, 2007 @ 13:20
I have heard of that movie, me being a big fan of artsy-farty subtitled foreign films. On the strength of your recommendation, I will add it to my Netflix queue.
I can’t imagine either of these two dogs I’m taking care of being keen on a Sputnik ride, either.