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Laika, in 1957, became the first animal to be launched into orbit, paving the       
way for human spaceflight. She is shown here in her flight harness.                 
Laika (from Russian: Лайка, a breed of dog, literally: "Barker" or "Howler", c. 
1954 - 1957) was a Russian space dog which became the first recorded living         
creature from Earth to enter orbit. At one time a stray wandering the streets of     
Moscow, she was selected from an animal shelter. Originally named Kudryavka         
  literally: "Little Curly-Haired One"), she was renamed Laika. After                 
undergoing training with two other dogs, she was selected to be the occupant of     
the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 and was launched into space on November 3, 1957.     
Laika died a few hours after launch from stress and overheating, probably due to     
a malfunction in the thermal control system. The true cause of her death was not     
made public until decades after the flight.