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The monument to Laika in Moscow

El monumento a Laika en Moscú

Laika’s story is well known around the world, but let’s remember anyway: in 1957, the dog Laika became the first terrestrial living being to orbit the Earth. He did aboard the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2, November 3, 1957. Laika survived only a few hours on board the ship and would not return alive.

In tribute to her, in 2008 a monument was inaugurated in his honor. The statue is located near the military research center in Moscow and is a reproduction of Laika stop on a rocket. The monument was unveiled on the eve of the “Day of the Astronaut” held on April 12 and marks the space flight made by Soviet pilot Yuri Gagarin, on April 12, 1961. Many tourists come to the statue, built bronze, to pay tribute to the dog.

Russian bitch became a hero to the world and its name has been used on numerous occasions for advertising campaigns, novels, songs and even a region of the planet Mars was named Laika.

The feat of the little stray dog, who had been trained for the journey, paved the way for manned space missions. His was the first of several attempts in which dogs were also used in some cases successfully.

In addition to the statue in Moscow, Laika has honored countless times around the world. There are songs (the sad “Laika” Mecano, “Laika will” Massacre of the Argentine group to name a few) and postage stamps were created with a photograph.

For its historical importance, for their contribution to the development of aerospace knowledge, and tenderness that her story implies, visiting the monument to Laika during your trip to Russia it is a must.

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