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1st Living being into space... Laika... Sputnik 2...



Item # 547894

November 4, 1957

CINCINNATI TIMES-STAR, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 4, 1957

* 1st living earth being into space by Sputnik II
* 1st report w/ photo

This 10 page newspaper has a nice two line banner headline on the front page:

* SOVIET ROCKET TO MOON HINTED ALREADY ON WAY

with subhead: "Sputnik No. 2 Carries Dog On Space Flight"  with related photo (see).

Other news of the day throughout. Little margin wear, otherwise good.

Wikipedia notes: Laika originally named Kudryavka , "Little Curly"), became the first living Earth-born creature in orbit aboard Sputnik II on November 3, 1957. Some call her the first living passenger to go into space, but others claim sub-orbital flights passed the edge of space first. She was also known as Zhuchka "Little Beetle" and Limonchik, "Lemon"). The American media dubbed her "Muttnik". She died between five and seven hours into the flight from stress and overheating. Her true cause of death was not made public until October 2002; officials previously gave conflicting reports that she was either euthanized by poisoned food or died when the oxygen supply ran out. The Russian scientist responsible for the project has since expressed regret for allowing Laika to die.

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