Tuesday, April 15, 2008

R.I.P. Laika

A statue In memory of Laika In Russia

Laika was launched Into space on the Sputnik-2 November 3,
1957. Laika died In space (reasons vary), there was no recovery
plan in place . So Laika was effectively dead upon launch. Sputnik-2
did 2,370 orbits with poor Laikas lifeless body inside. On April
14, 1958 Sputnik-2 fell from orbit and burned up In the Earths
atmoshere. Laikas remains and Sputnik-2 were destroyed. For
her sacrifice, Laika Is remembered as a hero In Russia to this
day. I always feel bad thinking about how she was all alone In
space far above the Earth, In her tiny cabin left to die.

"The more time passes, the more I'm sorry....
We shouldn't have done it....
We did not learn enough from the mission to justify
the death of the dog." - Soviet Scientist

R.I.P. Laika

Memorial to Laika

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