There was no way out of it. The Space Race began. Our country is the land of stray dogs and cats. Bobik was supposed to go up for a … And she still hoped. And when one of the men approaches with a sausage in his hand, she wakes up and smiles again. link to the site: cold-war-sputnik-soviet-space-dog-laika.com. They knew Sputnik 2 would never come back, that it would fly endless weeks in the space, so they couldn't risk sending a human being there. What is really important is what Laika was thinking and feeling at that moment. Studies using dogs haven’t led to a cure or even a treatment to reverse disease symptoms in humans. Still she wonders what is wrong with her body. Laika spends many hours in the science lab. She wants to keep their love and attention, so a little hardship won't really hurt. But they also knew what it would mean to break the orders. On November 3, 1957, a Soviet space dog named Laika became the first animal to orbit Earth. He betrayed the trust of his four-legged friend, he has known from the beginning this was a suicide mission. She was still in a capsule and couldn't hear anything, but her canine instinct told her something unusual was going on. Moscow is also the land of thousands of unwanted cats and dogs, the so-called strays. There are things that are known and things that are unknown; in between is exploration. I'm not sure, other than I just wanted everyone to remember her. She doesn't know she has just been spotted, together with two other female companions. I decided to skip details, they can be found on hundreds of websites dedicated to Laika. More than 65,000 dogs are tormented in U.S. laboratories every year. Her master was true. My special thanks go to Maria and Paul. A short time later she began the complicated process of being adapted to her space gear. If not for his amazing work this tribute would not have been written and touched so many people. It is so small, I can't move and I feel so alone there. She walked the streets of Moscow in beauty, with dignity, though homeless. And she is smiling again. And with dreams there comes a vision, where she sees herself somewhere warm, with someone who feeds her regularly, who protects her, with whom she can play and what she yearns for most, someone who would love her. These reports encouraged scientists and government leaders who wanted to put humans in space. The very next day Laika's training begins. And that sausage!! Perhaps you want to keep me. You have a beautiful home. Laika wasn’t actually the first living being to be ever sent to space. Space.com reports: Laika, a stray dog scooped off the streets of Moscow, launched on the Soviet Union's Sputnik 2 mission in November 1957, just a month after Sputnik 1's liftoff opened the space age.The 11-lb. He knew Laika would never leave that capsule again. There is a lot of speculation why Laika was selected to become the first cosmonaut, but the fact is she had everything they needed. Many dogs were shortlisted, but Laika, a 3 year old husky-spitz mix, was finally selected because she was the most well behaved. Laika's death sparked debates about animal rights around the world. I I am still young, I can change, I can still learn other games. She was beautiful, good natured, photogenic - they knew one day soon her pictures would circle the world - she was small, she weighed only 6 kilos ( 13lbs), she was a female so she didn't need to stand while urinating, and she was a stray, used to hardship of the streets, they knew she would be able to endure long periods of inactivity, therefore she perfectly suited for the harsh conditions of the training. In the Soviet Union, Laika and all the other animals that made space flight possible are remembered as heroes. A top secret which included many propaganda and lies. And there are always dreams, dreams of hope and of a better tomorrows. They wanted more. So maybe you could think and take me in..... A tear fell on lady's hand, gently stroking Laika's coat. ." When one of her handlers died a few years ago his last words were: "Forgive me, Laika. But who nose for sure? For her hunger represents nothing new, in her short life she has learned how to endure conditions of thirst and starvation. The long waiting in the tiny capsule made Laika restless, her diaper bag was soiled and at this rate her overall condition would be degraded before the flight began. Suddenly Laika was shocked back into reality when she felt an abrupt end of forward motion! She was picked from the streets of Moscow to join the Russian space mission Sputnik II in 1961. In my opinion she died of stress, overheating, of fear, loneliness but mostly of a broken heart. It is not a real name, in their language Laika means barker. Laika licked it and the woman left the room, sobbing loudly. Not that she ever wanted to, nobody asked her. Laika touched the stars before she died and she touched the hearts and minds of generations. These animals all have a right to be treated with respect and not be experimented on, no less than Laika did. She never heard the countdown, but she could feel a motion of the capsule? Then select parts of her chest were shaved so that electrodes could be surgically implanted to measure her pulse. On November 3, 1957, the Soviet Union sent Laika into orbit aboard the satellite Sputnik 2. Current subscribers: You will continue to receive e-mail unless you explicitly opt out by clicking, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. So she decides she won't complain, after all they never really hurt, still she would rather go out and play with the other doggies or just nap in the corner. Only on special airplane rides during training had she briefly experienced such a feeling. They picked Laika. Besides she is never alone, they must really love her so much as more and more people are staying with her, patting her, affectionately calling her other names, she especially likes the man who calls her Kudryavka (Little Curly). Then suddenly she felt an upward lurch, for the last time her eyes spotted her master, their eyes still locked on each other she caught her last glimpse of him and then the darkness came. You seem so kind, why are you crying? Many protested at the United Nations, with placards read "Send up Nikita"-. Declining their Party leader's order would mean Siberia or even worse. Someone had to pay the final price for achieving their goal. This tribute is for Laika but at the same time it is my ode to all animals used in space research, no matter what country they come from. It is thought she died in the first 5-7 hours after reaching orbit. Laika was a stray that had been picked up on the streets of Moscow. They wanted to be able to see the outer world, they wanted to investigate the regions of the stars, planets and go even further, but first they had to learn how to calculate the orbit of the Earth. Laika (Russian: Лайка; c. 1954 – November 3, 1957) was a Soviet Union space dog. His name is Aaron George Bailey and he has dedicated a whole web page in your memory. When some more people -- her future handlers and trainers- approach her she timidly raises her paw as if wanting to shake their hands, expressing her gratitude and promising loyalty. The story of Laika lives on today in websites, YouTube videos, poems and children’s books, at least one of which provides a happy ending for the doomed dog. Some scientists recalled that Laika was a good dog. Little curly girl today marks the 53rd year anniversary since that final betrayal. They put her in a centrifuge, they perform a short surgery on her, inflating a tiny balloon in her artery to observe her blood pressure during stressful testing. Sputnik 1 went to the orbit alone, emitting radio signals only. He seems kind, he doesn't kick her like so many others, he doesn't even yell at her, he pats her beautiful head and talks to her softly. And they did. So he finally gathered courage and slowly approached her and said: - Kudryavka, my little one, be brave, be brave for the Motherland, be brave for me and for you, the world will always know you as Laika. I know the dog won't survive, so what. Forgive me in the name of the mankind that sadly I am part of. Many years later another man, whom she trusted, said : The more time passes, the more I am sorry about it. Would you too put me in that noise things that turns around and makes me sick and dizzy? So they hurried and picked out a dog. The river freezes, the streets are icy and slippery and for strays each day is a fight for survival. Just for a few hours, but stepping through that door for Laika was like entering heaven. She had so little time left to live". But she doesn't know. Dogs never reach for the stars. She died alone, she died terrified, and she never knew why. The dog smiles in her dreams. Dogs’ status as “man’s best friend” offers them no protection from being locked inside cages alone and forced to endure excruciating experiments. Until that door closed forever she still thought it was a game, that the bond she established with some was real and would last to the end. The sensation was as if she was falling, dust, metal filings and a lost screw floated near her head. I already do. She has so much love in her little heart but no one was willing to take it. by Ray Setterfield. He quickly raised his eyes above the glass roof. The very next day Laika's training begins. Sputnik 2 was originally scheduled for launch on 31st October, but technical problems delayed the launch by three days, and Laika remained all the time in the cabin at the top of the spacecraft. And they change her meals. Her unprecedented journey took her from the snowy Moscow streets to top secret labs and finally to the stars. Besides she is never alone, they must really love her so much as more and more people are staying with her, patting her, affectionately calling her other names, she especially likes Kudryavka (Little Curly). Despite the fanfare, this was nothing to celebrate. And they do much more. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE, — Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind. Laika was quiet and charming, I wanted to do something nice for her. What would you say to us if you could talk, Laika? 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