Posted by Cosmonaut Yuri on August 25, 2003 at 17:26:12:
In Reply to: Re: Anyone out there remember Sputnik ? posted by ted on August 25, 2003 at 16:43:41:
Laika, the first animal ever sent to space, rode to orbit in Sputnik II on the 3rd of November, 1957. Several countries issued stamps honoring Laika. The mock-up of her pressurized space cabin is shown above.
The story about Laika been sent up really jarred me as a kid, I remember asking my Dad 'but how will they get him down' and he told me me that they were going to leave him up there and I kept wondering and asking questions about how would he eat, etc. and eventually it dawned on me that they had sent him to his death and I was shocked and stunned. It was an early introduction to Communism and I guess whoever looked after the USSR/CCCP PR machine at the time was taken out and shot for letting that one get out.