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Remembering Laika, Space Dog and Soviet Hero
123 points by fishcolorbrickhttps://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/remembering-laika-space-...
strictnein - 5 hours ago
Random, but she's also the central character in Trentem?ller's
video for Moan:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZPxvO1ftY
dmlorenzetti - 5 hours ago
For cultural references, in my opinion you can't beat
Hallstrom/Jonsson's "My Life as a Dog", whose main character
ponders the fate of Laika while his own life undergoes traumatic
krrrh - 4 hours ago
If you are in the LA area the Museum of Jurassic Technology is
worth visiting for, among other reasons, the room dedicated to the
dogs of the Soviet space program. It features paintings and bios of
5 dogs who were involved in the space
info about and images of the paintings
jjxw - 2 hours ago
I'll enthusiastically second the recommendation. I won't ruin too
much, but their policy of not allowing mobile phones while you
are in the museum to prevent you from searching anything up
really helps to preserve the atmosphere.
posnet - 1 hours ago
You can see taxidermied Belka and Strelka at the Moscow space
museum. A bit morbid, but they are front and center as parts of the
soviet space program.
sushisource - 5 hours ago
I did not need to be tearing up at work today :(
grasshopperpurp - 2 hours ago
If something like this makes me tear up, which this did, I
usually find that I needed it.
jt93 - 3 hours ago
This story really got to me, too. :(
vermontdevil - 4 hours ago
Here's some more in detail about Laika:https://www.airspacemag.com
liberte82 - 3 hours ago
I remember reading about Laika as a kid and how they sent up the
dog in space and just let it die up there. It made me feel so bad
and still does today. :(
amelius - 4 minutes ago
Yes, but there are worse things happening to animals even as we
speak, and for less noble purposes.
dmlorenzetti - 5 hours ago
For those in the SF Bay area, the Chabot space center has a lot of
old Soviet space hardware -- including a training capsule like the
one in the picture at the top of the article.
Rebelgecko - 4 hours ago
The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City has a small
exhibit on Soviet space dogs. It's one of the more grounded parts
of the "museum"
boggio - 8 minutes ago
Just read the wiki page for Korolev and damn.. that man's life was
a tragedy.Somehow he managed to put everything behind him and
literally kick-start the space race and achieve all the Soviet
first's in space.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Korolev
beat - 5 hours ago
Adding to the cultural references... Jonathan Coulton wrote a
superb song about Laika called "Space Doggity".The cage is very
small, a tiny silver ball that makes you a hero the moment you step
inside. The world is watching you, what you're about to do will
live on forever, even though you'll be dead and gone, buckle up
we're about to turn the engines on.Hello from Sputnik 2, I am
receiving you. Thanks for the the dog food, I'm somewhere above you
now. Guess what, Maloshenkov? I took my collar off I'm holding my
own leash, walking myself outside this door. I don't think I want
to be a good dog anymore.Now I'm floating free, and the moon's with
me and it's bright enough to light the dark. And it's so high up
here, and the stars so clear, Are they close enough? Will they hear
me bark from here?Hello to Sputnik 2, I think we're losing you,
Your lifesigns are fading, I can't really say that we're surprised.
It's a shame, there's always something that gets compromisedNow I'm
floating free, and the moon's with me and it's bright enough to
light the dark. And it's so high up here, and the stars so clear
Are they close enough? Will they hear me bark from here?
dsnuh - 4 hours ago
There is also "Laika" by Arcade Fire. Not necessarily about the
dog, but the only other song I can think of that even mentions
geephroh - 11 minutes ago
And Margaret Fiedler's mid-90s trip-kraut post-rock band,
Laika. Their '95 debut album, Silver Apples of the Moon, holds
up pretty well.
throw_away - 3 hours ago
Also Phil Knight's film studio:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laika_(company) which made
Coraline and Kubo.
deadhead - 2 hours ago
There's also "Laika" by Moxy Fr?vous, referring to the
chrisbennet - 3 hours ago
I came here to post that but you beat me to it. The song is a
tear jerker. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C9BKJA_enUS690US6
93&hl=en...BTW: Jonathan used to be a web developer or some sort
of software dev.
sctb - 5 hours ago
I know it's always tempting to generalize, but we have more to
learn here if we cleave to the subject and not whatever we have
handy in mind tagged with the keyword ?Russia?.
kizzy55 - 4 hours ago
I remember reading about Laika when I was a child. Growing up when
the space race was really big I remember both countries us and the
Russians sending up animals to test how they would react in space
before sending up a human.
Avery3R - 2 hours ago
Anyone have a link without a paywall?
cgh - 5 hours ago
Laika is a character in The Manhattan Projects, a great comic from
Image. It's written by Robert Kirkman, a co-creator of The Walking
Theodores - 2 hours ago
Stalin had a saying, I paraphrase:One death is a tragedy, a million
deaths is a statistic.I think the reaction to Laika's demise
illustrated this.The exact quantity of dogs 'put to sleep' in 1964
in the USA is not known. However, I am sure that many thousands
were 'put to sleep' every single day, with more than a million dogs
euthanised in the USA over the year because that is what
happens.Incidentally, the last shuttle disaster (Challenger, 2003)
was bad news for 13 rats, eight garden orb weaver spiders, five
silkworms and three cocoons, four Medaka fish eggs, three carpenter
bees, 15 harvester ants and an assortment of fish. Plus the human
crew.I am sure all of the animals all had names. There was no mass
outpouring of emotion though or letters to the New York Times
saying how cruel it was to put them on the Space Shuttle given the
likeliness of it going badly wrong.
tim333 - 2 hours ago
It was still sad and bit unnecessary though. Stalin wasn't really
known for his ethics.
Amorymeltzer - 4 hours ago
The author of this piece, Alex Wellerstein, is absolutely fantastic
on the history of the Nuclear bomb, and I cannot recommend his blog
enough: http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.comHis twitter is also worth a
DanCarvajal - 4 hours ago
I fucking cried during her episode in Space Dandy.
richardknop - 5 hours ago
A great achievement. I remember reading about Laika when I was a
child. I was into astronauts (or cosmonauts) a lot when I was a
child, I dreamed of becoming an astronaut for NASA. I read all
books related to space travel and astronautics at the time.