TIL Laika the Space Dog did not live for many days in space, but instead died in a panic shortly after launch.

Read more: https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/remembering-laika-space-dog-and-soviet-hero

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  1. Laika actually orbited the earth, she was supposed to be poisoned on her flight as no provision was made for her return or survival.

    >Laika died within hours from overheating, possibly caused by a failure of the central R-7 sustainer to separate from the payload. The true cause and time of her death were not made public until 2002; instead, it was widely reported that she died when her oxygen ran out on day six or, as the Soviet government initially claimed, she was euthanised prior to oxygen depletion.

    Your headline is a gross misrepresentation of what actually happened.

  2. I’m reminded of a classic joke:

    Western Journalist: “Congratulations, you just put the first living animal in space! How soon will you bring it back?”

    Soviet apparatchik (heavy Slavic accent): “Bring…it…*back?*”

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