Sputnik-2 or: Laika, Our Hero
In 1957, a Soviet street dog named Laika launched into space aboard Sputnik-2 and became the first animal to orbit the Earth. This is her story. When the international press reported that the Soviets sent a dog into orbit, the public freaked. Not because communism was beating democracy in the space race, but because how could anyone send a dog - alone - into space. If there's one global commonality, it's this: everyone loves dogs. So, the Soviets spun the story.