Who was the first dog in space?
A Russian stray dog named Laika (translated to mean Barker), was not only the first dog in space but also the first living mammal to orbit the Earth and paved the way for manned missions to space. She travelled in the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 in 1957. Sadly she died in space but her daughter named Pushnika had four puppies to Charlie the terrier owned by President John F. Kennedy. A monument in her honour was erected close to the Moscow military research facility which prepared Laika’s flight into space and features her on top of a rocket.