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Neteru
03-11-04, 08:23
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1957: Russians launch dog into space

The Soviet Union has launched the first ever living creature into the cosmos.

The dog, described as a female Russian breed, was projected into space this morning from Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard the artificial space satellite Sputnik II. Sputnik I, launched on 4 October, is still circling the globe.

The dog has been fitted with monitors to check its heartbeat and other vital signs and was reported to be calm during the first hours of the flight.

Russian scientists are particularly interested in the effects of solar radiation and weightlessness on living organisms.

Fury of animal lovers

Moscow Radio reported the second satellite was launched to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the October Revolution and gave details about the spacecraft's contents and orbit.

Sputnik II weighs half a ton (508kg) and carries instruments for studying solar and cosmic rays, temperature and pressure, two radio transmitters and a hermetically-sealed container with "an experimental animal" inside, as well as oxygen and food supplies.

It is travelling more than 900 miles, (nearly 1,500 km) above the Earth - higher than Sputnik I - and is orbiting at about five miles (8km) a second.

It will take one hour and 42 minutes to circle the Earth.

The satellite is transmitting telegraphic signals that are being picked up from receiving stations around the globe.

Animal welfare organisations expressed outrage at news that the Russians have sent a dog into outer space.

The National Canine Defence League is calling on all dog lovers to observe a minute's silence every day the dog is in space.

The RSPCA said it received calls of protest even before the Moscow Radio announcement of the launch had ended.

It has advised those who wish to protest to do so at the Russian Embassy in London.

'Dog was trained for mission'

It is believed the Russians are planning to catapult the dog back to Earth although there has been no official announcement confirming this.

One British scientist told newspaper reporters the dog had probably been trained for the journey but was unlikely to survive.

Full old story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/november/3/newsid_3191000/3191083.stm)

Neteru
03-11-04, 08:26
The dogs name was Laika, and at the time the Russian authorities said that Laika died peacefully after a week in orbit. In 2002 new evidence revealed Laika died of over-heating and panic just a few hours after take-off. :(

andromeda_eats
03-11-04, 08:36
Well they dont tell you that in school. (the bit about Laika dying)

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Neteru
03-11-04, 08:45
I'm sure they don't. There's a lot they don't tell you in school.

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[ 03. November 2004, 09:45: Message edited by: Neteru ]

andromeda_eats
03-11-04, 08:48
There are also things they tell you in school that turn out to be false.

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Nicky
03-11-04, 09:45
Originally posted by Neteru:
In 2002 new evidence revealed Laika died of over-heating and panic just a few hours after take-off. :( Oh, the poor creature :( The media have so much talent in presenting stories like fairy tales, and omitting the bad endings :rolleyes: