Laika / Anniversary Poster (2006)

In 1957, the team of Sergei V Korolev were given three weeks to design Sputnik 2, the first space satellite to carry a living thing aboard. Laika was a stray dog collected from Moscow streets and trained for the purpose, then celebrated as national hero. It was not until forty years later that the public learnt the truth about her death from combination of fear, shock and overheating within hours from the take-off. Albina and Mushka were the trainee back-ups for the mission.