For other uses, see Laika (disambiguation).
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In 1957, Laika became the first animal launched into orbit, paving the way for human spaceflight. This photograph shows her in a flight harness.
Canis lupus familiaris
Mongrel, possibly part-husky (or part-Samoyed) and part-terrier
Moscow, Soviet Union
November 3, 1957
Sputnik 2, in geocentric orbit
First animal to orbit the Earth
Soviet space program
5 kg (11 lb)
Laika (Russian: Лайка;[a] c. 1954 – November 3, 1957) was a Soviet space dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. Laika, a stray dog from the streets of Moscow, was selected to be the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 that was launched into outer space on November 3, 1957.