|Welcome, you have entered the website of a spaceflight pioneer, a small dog who helped lead humanity into the
future, and served her Soviet masters well. Since the dawning of the Space Age, mystery and myth have
surrounded her flight on Sputnik-2 and only in recent times, have new details emerged. Herein is the story, a
special blend of history about the Cold War, Sputnik, the Soviet space dog Laika, and how the world was forever
changed. This work is composed of both FACT and FICTION and the text is marked accordingly. My goal was to
make this web page both, informative and historically correct, assuming the visitor were to read the bold text
only. The fiction is meant to connect the facts and give the story continuity and a human dimension. So, if you
must, please remove your "STRICTLY HISTORICAL" badge and open your mind, beyond the facts, to what might
have happened on Sputnik-2. Find out why the mission was conceived, witness the preflight as Laika was fitted
with space gear, and then roll out the R-7 rocket to the pad. Finally, read through the sights and sounds of the
countdown, and then ride into orbit on Sputnik-2, as seen through the eyes, of Soviet space dog Laika.
|-THE COLD WAR -
- SPUTNIK -
- AND SOVIET SPACE DOG LAIKA -
by: Aaron George Bailey - WA5HRC
Sherwood, Arkansas USA
This Web Page was created on October 4, 2007
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of "The Birth of the Space Age"
WARNING ! - SOME READERS WILL FIND DISTURBING
CONTENT WITHIN THIS WEB SITE !
|Please contact me if you have difficulty navigating this page or if there are obvious
gaps of missing / broken text, or images that fail to appear, or sound file errors. - -