50 years since our beloved Laika’s flight

I still don’t understand who I am: the first human or the last dog in space.Yuri Gagarin

It was on November 3, 1957 – fifty years ago today that Laika took flight. Her ship circled the Earth 2,570 times, burning upon re-entering the atmosphere on April 14, 1958. She didn’t see the stars or the moon, as Sputnik 2 was not equipped with windows but she felt, if only briefly, what humanity had longed for so desperately.

Today, I want you to take a moment and think of her out there; stray mutt picked off the streets of Moscow, in her little capsule. Paving the way for us all.

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13 Responses to “50 years since our beloved Laika’s flight”

  1. Deadzie Says:

    Awww she was such a cutie!
    thanks for posting about sweet

  2. zombiemonk3y Says:

    Not to burst the bubble, but about 2 years ago I’m fairly certain they came forward to say she didn’t survive the launch…

    go go USSR propoganda… beautiful story though, I still like to pretend she made it.

  3. Jerem Morrow Says:


  4. Joshua Ellis Says:

    Here’s Trentemoller’s beautiful and sad video for his song “Moan”. The video is a fictionalization of Laika’s brief life, and the video is dedicated to her.


  5. zoetica Says:

    Jerem and Joshua – thank you for the links. I’m mobile at the moment, will watch video when I get home!

    zombiemonk3y – Actually she lived for several hours, 5 to 7 I think. Much less than initially reported, but she did make it.

  6. Tequila Says:

    Only 50 years have passed? Feels so much longer…quite a lot has happened since then space wise if not the cities on the moon we all were promised. Whatever the facts are about time of life…the story, legend, and actual facts are still remarkable.

  7. zombiemonk3y Says:

    zoetica: you have no idea how good that makes me feel.

    Tequila: we’ll get the cities one day, there’s just the matter of a lack of atmosphere and a lot of meteorite strikes, I don’t know though, I’ve always fancied that if they set up multiple layers of different viscoscity (forgive spelling) they could probably create some kind of anti-meteor space station kevlar. One day though.

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  9. the daniel Says:

    Well, for what it’s worth, here’s an article on the fate of Laika from the Beeb:


  10. E. Black Says:

    What she did she did for Science. To science and the spacedog, Laika.

  11. zoetica Says:

    Daniel – thanks for that link

    Joshua – I just finally watched that video and it’s gotten me all choked up. Thank you – that was perfect for the occasion.

  12. nadyalev Says:

    Laika looks like she’s sitting in a giant toaster in that first pic.

  13. Lodo Grdzak Says:

    Long live Laika!!!!