The Brave Bitches Who First Orbited Earth and Lived to Bark About It
Laika may have been the first animal to orbit the Earth, but Belka and Strelka were the first to survive the journey.
Bitches in Space: Remembering Soviet Russia's Fleet of Female Dog Cosmonauts
In her book "Soviet Space Dogs," feminist art historian Olesya Turkina revisits Soviet Russia's obsession with the dogs the government launched into orbit to test the safety of space travel.
Why We Still Want Laika the Space Dog to Come Home
57 years ago, a Muscovite street dog became the world’s first orbital explorer. She also suffered for our gain.