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on what you say in your interviews...
As we venture into the unknown, give a thought
for the life of the Russian space explorer, Laika. Laika was a stray
mongrel from the streets of Moscow. She made her voyage in 1957,
becoming the first animal to orbit the earth.
We’ll never know whether Laika experienced
the thrill of her adventure (scientists now suspect that orangutans
may be capable of appreciating and seeking thrill. See ape
The amazing thing about Laika’s journey
on board Sputnik 2 was the effect it had on the captivated Russian
population. Inflated by national pride, they were thrilled by the
possibility of cosmonauts being next in space. Now, over half a
century later, space tourists like Mark
Shuttleworth are undertaking the same journey for fun.
Laika died a few days into her mission when the
oxygen ran out.
A salute to Laika, thrill ride heroine.
A true inspiration to all thrill connoisseurs.
(NOV2003): A Moscow scientist recently revealed that Laika
died of panic and heat exhaustion only hours into her flight. Read
the BBC report here.