The First Soviet Cosmonaut Dog Died in Space in Agony

Alone and scared, Laika went down in history

Laika, the first Soviet dog launched into space

In 1957 a stray dog from the streets of Moscow went on a space mission. After death, she was awarded the greatest medals for courage — the same ones Yuri Gagarin received as the first man in space (1961). Her monument still stands in the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics at the heart of the Russian…



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Maria Milojković, MA

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