The Sad Story Of Laika, The First Animal To Orbit The Earth

Space Dog Russian Stamp

Vintage Soviet stamp of Laika on the Sputnik 2. Image Source: Flickr

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin is rightly credited with being the first human to enter outer space, but he was not the first earthling to enter the vast Milky Way.

A few years before Gagarin’s groundbreaking 1961 orbit, a stray dog named Laika embarked on a suicide mission to space, becoming the first creature in history to orbit the planet.

At the time, the mutt’s successful launch was seen as one of Russian’s biggest victories.

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Premiere Bigfoot Hunters Show Us Five Of Their Craziest Traps

Some people believe in Bigfoot. Some people believe enough to search for him in the forest. And some people believe in him so much that they build large, elaborate traps for him, requiring hours of work and a team of enthusiastic volunteers to build. Such people can be found amongst the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS), who built the following Bigfoot traps.

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