November 3 1957 CE – Sputnik 2 Carries the First Living Animal Into Space

November 3 1957 CE – Sputnik 2 Carries the First Living Animal Into SpaceRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Just 30 days after sending the first manmade object into orbit, the Soviet Union made a second leap ahead of the United States in the space race by sending a living creature into the skies on November 3, 1957. A 13-pound terrier, Laika, became the first lifeform to leave Earth for the final frontier. Aiming to demonstrate the advances of Soviet technology, the USSR surprised the planet when it put Sputnik 1 in orbit at the beginning of October 1957. With the spherical satellite passing overhead every 96 minutes, a […]