Never mind Buzz Aldrin: it’s the 62nd anniversary of the first dog in space!

This year is the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first step on the moon. But here at Wamiz we prefer to honour the planet’s first true ambassador to outer space: Laïka the dog, who went up in a shuttle 12 years before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

It was November 3, 1957 when the little dog Laïka made her fantastic voyage aboard the Sputnik II.

In the short term Laïka was but a pawn in the petty squabbles of the Cold War. But in the bigger picture, it was Laïka who showed us that Earth creatures might prosper in space – even if she suffered her own gruesome, heroic death in the process.

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