Jacqui (jacqui) wrote,

We've finally decided on a name for our little rescue doggy, Laika. I've always felt so sad about this poor dog who was sent into space with no hope of surviving. I HATE people who do anything like this! I don't care if it advances anything for us, animal research is EVIL!!!. Fuck them! Anyway, since the name means barker, it seems pretty appropriate for our little girl here, and it's a way to pay tribute to this poor Russian dog, I'm sure lots of people have done this.


The first being to travel to outer space was a female part-Samoyed terrier originally named Kudryavka (Little Curly) but later renamed Laika (Barker). She weighed about 6 kg. The pressurized cabin on Sputnik 2 allowed enough room for her to lie down or stand and was padded. An air regeneration system provided oxygen; food and water were dispensed in a gelatinized form. Laika was fitted with a harness, a bag to collect waste, and electrodes to monitor vital signs. The early telemetry indicated Laika was agitated but eating her food. There was no capability of returning a payload safely to Earth at this time, so it was planned that Laika would run out of oxygen after about 10 days of orbiting the Earth. Because of the thermal problems she probably only survived a day or two. The mission provided scientists with the first data on the behavior of a living organism in the space environment.

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