A tiny silver ball /That makes you a hero /The moment you step inside
November 3, 2009 10:31 AM Subscribe
On Nov. 3, 1957
, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2
, a one-way, history-making trip for a dog named Laika
Take a moment to remember her.
Laika and two other dogs
, Albina and Mushka, underwent training prior to launch, including high-altitude flights and being kept in smaller and smaller cages. Laika was not just her name, but also what Russians called a northern breed known for their endurance. The "laikas" are also known as Karelian Bear Dogs
, according to the American Kennel Club, and remains one of the most popular breeds in Finland, where it originated.