A little of a lot of "Satellite History" from 11/3/57

James Husnay Sr. (jhusnay@scsinet.com)
Wed, 03 Nov 1999 06:11:40 -0500

November 3, 1957
A mongrel dog named Laika became the first animal to be launched into
space.  Laika, projected inside the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2, died
after a few days in orbit because the craft was not designed for
recovery and the batteries of her life-support system eventually went
down.

Laika was considered a hero in the Soviet Union:

http://ham.spa.umn.edu/kris/laika.html


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