A sacrifice for the love of exploration: The truth about Laika the dog, the first animal to reach Earth’s orbit

A sacrifice for the love of exploration: The truth about Laika the dog, the first animal to reach Earth’s orbit

  • A tragic story of a dog named Laika, who became the first animal to reach the orbit of the Earth
  • The scientist chose a stray dog as he assumed that a stray dog was already used to endure the harsh conditions of hunger and cold temperature
  • The Soviet had admitted that they never planned for Laika’s return trip as they knew that she would perish in the experiment

Scientists are using animals to test their experiments to prove their theory, which had been reacted to by a concerned netizen, after knowing the sad story of a dog that had been used for space exploration.

A Facebook user, Kate Louise Powell, shared the tragic story of a dog named Laika who became the first animal to reach the orbit of the Earth.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the Soviet Union has been using dogs for their space exploration and among less than 57 dogs, one of them is Laika, whose original name is Kudryavka, or little curly as she was known by her international name.

Laika is a street dog that was rescued in Moscow. The scientist chose a stray dog for they assumed that a stray dog was already used to endure harsh conditions of hunger and cold temperature. For the success of their experiment, they trained Laika and two other dogs for space travel by being kept in small cages and learn to eat nutritious gel that would be their food in space.

Sputnik 2 was launched on November 3, 1957, and on board in the small satellite was Laika, which made the Soviet Union stun the world for she was the first animal to orbit the Earth.

On Kate’s post, she revealed that the Soviets had admitted that they never planned for Laika’s return trip as they knew that she would perish in the experiment.

“Laika, the first animal to be launched into orbit, died from overheating and panic in the tiny spacecraft – all alone and in severe pain.”

60 years ago today, Laika became the first animal to orbit the Earth. She died in space; alone, in agony, and…

Posted by Kate Louise Powell on Friday, November 3, 2017

According to her, for over 40 years, the officials had covered Laika’s death and insisted that she was alive for days after take-off but Kate said that Laika passed away five hours after was thrust into the orbit. Her death was due to overheating because the satellite wasn’t sufficiently insulated from the sun rays and she was cooked to death.

Now, Kate felt so sorry to what had happened to Laika as she calls out that there are millions of animals used in related experiments every year worldwide.

“The more time passes, the more I’m sorry about it. We shouldn’t have done it.”

Remember Laika, and the 115 million other animals used in experiments worldwide each year.

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