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What was the name of the first dog in space?

1980 day(s) ago

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Kravenhead

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That was Laika, Dixie.

Here's some more info on dogs in space.

"Dezik and Tsygan were the first dogs to make a sub-orbital flight on July 22, 1951.
Both dogs were recovered unharmed after travelling to a maximum altitude of 110 km. Dezik made another sub-orbital flight in September 1951 with a dog named Lisa, although neither survived.

However, the name of the dog (and indeed the first living creature) to go into space and orbit the Earth was Laika, and she was launched into space on board a Soviet spacecraft 'Sputnik II' (the launch vehicle was the Soviet R-7/SS-6 ICBM (Inter Continental Ballistic Missile) ) on November 3rd 1957.

Laika, [Лайка] means "barker" in Russian (her name was originally Kudryavka). She was said to have died painlessly in orbit about a week after blast-off. However, she did not live nearly as long as Soviet officials led the world to believe. Now, it has been revealed she died from overheating and panic just a few hours (maybe as few as 3) after the mission started."

Posted 1979 day(s) ago

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DixieRock
1978 day(s) ago
You're right Kraven-Thanks for the info!!


Kravenhead
1977 day(s) ago
Yup.

I see the Soviets stretched the truth a bit, as usual.

 
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