Aboard the Soviet's Sputnik 2, Laika, a dog, became the very first living creature to enter orbit on November 3, 1957. “She stayed strong until the end and went peacefully,” her owners wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday. Laika was a young, mostly-Siberian husky. He later recalled that “Laika was quiet and charming”. Laika's death sparked debates about animal rights around the world. In 1999, Russian sources revealed that the Laika died when the cabin overheated. Soviet Radio broadcast daily updates about how Laika was faring in space for nine days. The Soviet Union stunned the world on Nov. 3, 1957, with the launch of Sputnik 2.On board the small satellite was a little dog, the first animal to orbit Earth. The beautiful dog took her talent beyond the online world, and also appeared on TV talk shows, commercials and in movies. Laika (Russian: Лайка; c. 1954 – November 3, 1957) was a Soviet Union space dog. In 1999, several Russian sources stated that Laika had died after four days in space when the cabin overheated. However, since the Soviets did not create a re-entry plan, Laika died in space. One of Laika’s keepers, Vladimir Yazdovsky, took Laika to his home where Laika played with his kids. The stray husky-mix dog was found on the streets of Moscow at the age of about three. In the statue, the half-husky, half-terrier stray Mongrel female dog was standing on top of a rocket. The very first living creature to enter orbit. She was a mix of either a Siberian Husky or other Nordic breed, and a terrier. One source listed Laika as being mostly Siberian husky; while, another source described her as being fox terrier. Many dogs were shortlisted, but Laika, a 3 year old husky-spitz mix, was finally selected because she was the most well behaved. Sergey Lyubykh, the first activist of Sakhalin Laika revival, and his dog sledge. Some scientists recalled that Laika was a good dog. Laika, a stray mongrel from the streets of Moscow, was selected to be the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 that was launched into outer space on 3 November 1957. Laika (Russian: Лайка; c. 1954 – 3 November 1957) was a Soviet space dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. Her name, Laika… Mishka, an intelligent Siberian husky who mounted to internet stardom for her impressive "talking" skills, has passed away, its owner announced on the canine's Facebook page on Wednesday. If you love cute animal videos, there’s a good chance you remember Internet star Mishka the Talking Husky. She was one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. Laika, a Russian female dog, was the first living creature to orbit the earth on board Sputnik 2. They told the world that she was doing well, and the trip was going according to expectations. 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