The first earthling in space was Laika the dog, launched into space by the Soviets on November 3, 1957. She never returned alive. It was a mission designed, in part, to study the effects of space travel on an animal, but the true story of her noble canine sacrifice left a bad taste in many people’s mouths, including mine.
Here’s a far happier version of what may have happened on her historic journey. I like this one.
(by Avgousta Zourelidi)