Randie T: what happened to Laika, the dog who first went to space? Did he die? Are they sending any other animals?
did they starve him or something in the space-ship-thing because that's cruel.
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Answer by toietmoi
Firstly, Laika was female. Secondly, it was 60 years ago or so and she is dead alright. Thirdly, no, they did not cruelly kill her.
Answer by TexasKitty
Laika died a few hours after launch from stress and overheating, likely due to a malfunction in the thermal control system. The true cause of her death was not made public until decades after the flight. Some former Soviet scientists have since expressed regret that Laika was allowed to die.
Cruel, it certainly was. The Soviet Union planned ahead of time for Laika's demise, however, they were unsure how. They installed cameras to see what would happen….and they saw it.
I have an old National Geographic Magazine from more than 20 yrs ago where you can see her little deformed body..what she must've gone through…..sad.
They were going to send the other two mutts they picked up along the side of the road as well, but gave up on that idea, even though they had already been trained alongside Laika…too much negative feedback.
Answer by ArtFl
On November 3, 1957, the Soviet Union sent Laika into orbit aboard the satellite Sputnik 2. According to Russian reports, Laika lived for a week aboard her spacecraft before she died. These reports encouraged scientists and government leaders who wanted to put humans in space.
In fact, Laika paid an enormous price to be the first dog in space. Over forty years after the fact, the BBC reported in 2002 that the Soviets had finally admitted that Laika did not live for five or six days and gently pass away as they had originally claimed. The reports confirm that she actually died within a few hours after going into orbit due to extreme heat conditions and a racing heart due to panic.
Answer by Tammy C
She died alone and in agony. It's a sin what she had to go through for the sake of technology. Poor little thing.
Answer by GitEmGang
OF COURSE *SHE* died!!!
BRAIN UP!! They had NO re-entry capability!!!
Answer by Theo28
Laika was a Soviet space dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. RIP!
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