Meet Laika, the first dog in space

In 1957, on November 3, the Soviet Union launched the first-ever living animal into orbit, a dog named Laika.

The flight was meant to test the safety of space travel for humans, but it was a guaranteed suicide mission for the dog, since technology hadn’t advanced as far as the return trip.

Laika was a stray, picked up from the Moscow streets just over a week before the rocket was set to launch. She was promoted to cosmonaut based partly on her small size and calm behavior.

Take a look at Leika and honor her sacrifice for science because the people who send her in space, clearly would have sacrificed anything just to feed their hungriness for success.

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