Today, November 3rd, marks the day the first animal was sent into orbit. Laika, a stray dog from the streets of Moscow, was selected to be the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 that was launched into outer space, back in 1957. While there have been many animals sent into space, right from ducks, sheep, roosters, monkeys, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, frogs, goldfish, to even fruit flies, Laika was the first animal to orbit the Earth.
She died in space itself. While that is very sad, her death was not for nothing. The information she provided proved that a living organism could tolerate a long time in weightlessness and paved the way for humans in space. Laika's 'coffin' circled the Earth 2,570 times and burned up in the Earth's atmosphere in 1958. R.I.P. Laika.
Looking at the lighter side of things, what do you think the animals must have experienced while drifting in space? Did they have a good time? Check out a few funny theories about animals in space, below.
How did the lamb go into space?
On a rocket sheep.
And how did the lamb return?
It came baaaaack.
Where did the cow go for its expedition?
First to the mooooon, then into the Milky Way.
Where do otters go as astronauts?
In otter space.
Where does a fish go into orbit?
In trouter space.
What does a horse wear in space?
What are the slowest creatures in the galaxy?
What do you call a chicken from another galaxy?
Why did Mickey Mouse go into space?
To look for Pluto.
Why didn't the dog laugh at the above joke?
It was too Sirius.
What did the squirrel aspire to be when it would grow up?
Why shouldn't you eat clownfish in space?
Cause they'll taste funny.
Where do snakes live in space?
How do fireflies keep track of time in space?
Through light years.
How do you catch fish in space?
By using a pla-net.