[FPSPACE] Russian Memorial for Space Dog Laika (Update)

LARRY KLAES ljk4 at msn.com
Mon Apr 14 09:55:20 EDT 2008


Russian Memorial for Space Dog Laika (Update)

Written by Ian O'Neill

On Friday Russian officials unveiled a monument to Laika, the pioneering dog 
that led the way to manned spaceflight on November 3rd, 1957. Her little 
memorial is a model dog standing atop a rocket near a military research 
facility in Moscow. When she made the historic flight into space on board 
Sputnik II, very little was known about the effects of launch and 
zero-gravity on an animal and Laika wasn't thought to make it. Due to her 
being so small and hardy, she made it into orbit, but this was a one way 
ticket, she had no idea there would be no coming home… be warned, this isn't 
a happy tale…

Full article here:

http://www.universetoday.com/2008/04/11/russian-memorial-for-space-dog-laika/




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