[FPSPACE] Malashenkov and Laika
lissov-i at yandex.ru
Sun Oct 10 03:14:12 EDT 2004
> these days quotes the 2002 information on Laika's death from Dimitri C.
> Malashenkov from the Institute for Biological problems. In the copy of his paper
> I've seen, though, there is nothing on this fellow's background or his sources
> of information. Do we know if he was part of the project, or if he has
> reliable sources on this? I've never seen an actual document.
In fact all reports in recent years tell the same story: Laika died because
the temperature in her cabin rised too high. Chertok wrote this and Gazenko
wrote this and Malashenkov (he IS a reliable man) could have said this in
official report too.
Technical reason for this was the rush before Sputnik 2. They took an existing
dog cabin from a sounding rocket, added a Sputnik 1-like sphere and attached
this to the central core (2nd stage) of R-7. It was known before launch that
thermal conditions of the cabin would be really bad.
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