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Russian Dog In Space

Russian Dog In Space

1957 November 3 - The Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 was fired into orbit today with a dog called Laika on board. The satellite, which is much more visible from Earth than its predecessor Sputnik 1, will carry out a variety of scientific tasks, including the study of ultraviolet radiation and cosmic rays. Laika is sealed in a cylindrical cabin containing a food store, air conditioner, and various devices for measuring her vital signs. Her cardiac and respiratory rates normalized satisfactorily after the stress of acceleration into space, although the process took three times as long as it would have done on Earth. Sadly, in spite of her importance to science, not be possible to bring Laika home.


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