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11 April 2008

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There's also this touching music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAQWpTIjusY

overdue :)

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Sir:

I just want to let you know that you made an error. Laika was not on board the Soyuz 2.

She was on board Sputnik 2. Her ship was attached the modified R-7 rocket.

I apologise for any embarrassment and thank you for your time and information about Laika.

AND, Telstar, there's Nick Abadzis's graphic novel "Laika," from excellent publisher First Second. A book which I own but have not yet read. Looks good, though.

I second linden's comment. How...um...HOW..could you have both linked to the Soyuz 2 wikipedia page (clearly showing a Nov 2004 test flight) and then decided that the first earth creature in orbit was lofted skyward by one?

But, it was sputnik 2 on an R7.

Sotrios and Adam, 10,000 apologies. The text above has been changed to say Sputnik 2. Thanks for the correction!

The main character of Darwin's Outcasts is named after her. And she's been upgraded from a dog to a wolf. :)

http://www.darwinsoutcasts.blogspot.com
http://www3.telus.net/public/isengrim

The main character of Darwin's Outcasts is named after her. And she's been upgraded from a dog to a wolf. :)

http://www.darwinsoutcasts.blogspot.com
http://www3.telus.net/public/isengrim

I was reading about Laika a few months ago in the book Space Race. I'm gonna have to go see her statue.

Oh yeah, shes much better than the chimp the US used who was famed for masturbating constantly!

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