Laika’s Lasting Gift to American Spaceflight

“Dog in Second Satellite Alive; May be Recovered, Soviet Hints; While House is Calm Over Feat” The headline blared across the front page of the New York Times on November 4, 1957. The story continued on page 8 with followup articles on pages 9 and 10. The space age was only a month old and the satellite both excited and terrified Americans who feared bombs would start dropping from space.

But one US Air Force flight surgeon was fascinated by the biometric data. Four years later, Duane Gra

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