Monday, December 21, 2009

Space Dog






"Laika, was a Soviet space dog (c. 1954 – November 3, 1957) who became the first animal to orbit the Earth and the first orbital death. Little was known about the impact of spaceflight on living things at the time Laika's mission was launched. Some scientists believed humans would be unable to survive the launch or the conditions of outer space, so engineers viewed flights by non-human animals as a necessary precursor to human missions. Laika, underwent training with two other dogs, and was eventually chosen as the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 that was launched into outer space on November 3, 1957. Sputnik 2 was not designed to be retrievable, and Laika had always been intended to die." -Wiki
This post on now voyager reminded me of Laika's story, only far less tragic.

6 comments:

  1. Oh i've put this book on my Christmas list, its a comic about laika's story, guaranteed to make me cry i think!!

    http://www.amazon.com/Laika-Nick-Abadzis/dp/1596431016

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  2. Hi Milly! OMG:

    "rendered with the pitch-perfect emotionality of classics like Because of Winn Dixie, Shiloh, and Old Yeller." = CRYFEST 2010

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  3. This makes me sad. What makes it even worse for me is the cute stamp with the welcoming moon.

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  4. One of my favorite bars in Denver was called Sputnik, and the kitchen in which all their delicious food came from was named Laika :)

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