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Laika means barker in Russian. Laika is also the name of the first female in Space a little russian mutt of a dog that weighed about 12lbs. A stray picked up from the streets of Moscow became the first earthling in space on October 31st 1957. The plan was for Laika to live in space for about a week and then before the oxygen ran out the dog would be fed a poison to euthanize her. During the launch process there was a problem with the deployment of the heating control heat exchanger and within 5-7 hours the heat in the cabin rose to a fatal point and no more life signs were transmitted back to earth. Laika's body continued to go around the Earth till April 14th 1958 when it burned up on reentry.
Laika proved it was possible for people to survive in space.
 
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