(1957) Soviet dog becomes first living creature to orbit EarthA Moscow stray, named Laika, launches into space aboard the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2. The dog is sent into orbit to test the effects of space travel on living animals. Unfortunately, no reentry plan exists and Laika dies during the experiment.Laika was a Soviet space dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. Laika, a stray dog from the streets of Moscow, was selected to be the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 that was launched into outer space on November 3, 1957.
Born: 1954 Died: Nov 03, 1957 Weight: 13.23 pound (6 kg) Birth place: Moscow
Romanian stamp from 1959 with Laika (the caption reads “Laika, first traveller into Cosmos”)