18th November 2019

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Is Laika still in orbit?

Is the Body of Laika the Dog Still Floating in Space? As Sputnik 2 wasn't designed to return safely to Earth, Soviet space engineers had planned to euthanise Laika in orbit. But while she undoubtedly died in space, her precise fate remains unclear as the radio link to Earth broke after a few orbits.

Just so, why did Laika go to space?

In 1957, Laika became the first animal launched into orbit, paving the way for human spaceflight. This photograph shows her in a flight harness. Laika, a stray dog from the streets of Moscow, was selected to be the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 that was launched into outer space on 3 November 1957.

Is the Sputnik 2 still in space?

Additionally some of the thermal insulation tore loose so the interior temperatures reached 40 C. It is believed Laika survived for only about two days instead of the planned ten because of the heat. The orbit of Sputnik 2 decayed and it reentered Earth's atmosphere on 14 April 1958 after 162 days in orbit.
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