Dogs in Space
November 3, 2012 5:33 PM Subscribe
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On November 3 1957, Лайка, also known as Laika The Space Dog
is launched into orbit around the planet earth. A small mongrel chosen for her patient temper, the Soviet Space Program gloried in her achievement, but when she was sent into space, there was no plan in place for a proper re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.
When pressed for details, the USSR media eventually claimed that she was peacefully euthanized with drugged food after six days in orbit. Documents released years later revealed that after six hours and four orbits, she died from a faulty heat-shield malfunction. Her spacecraft disintegrated five months later...
But what if Laika didn’t die?Laika
is a 2007 graphic novel by Nick Abadzis
. Some documented aspects of the Soviet Space program are described, such as the ominous R-7 Semyorka
rocket. There is artistic interpretation in the details, such as Laika’s dreams, her life as a somewhat-stray dog before her science career, and details about her relationships with her human handlers before going into space. Without caring too much about spoilers, this story is heartbreaking…
But after desperate pleas from heartbroken fans, Nick Abadzis agreed to re-write dog-space history:
Three Alternate Happy Endings for The Story of Laika The Space Dog!