35th year  -  N° 216                 Monday, 3 August 2020         Antwerpen		
The Man with the Red Face
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Sunday 3rd of November 1957

63 years ago

Soviet space dog Laika born as Kudryavka aka Little Curly aka Barker dies of overheating in a Sputnik 2 capsule at the age of 3 in Geocentric Orbit, , , Space.

Laika died within hours from overheating possibly caused by a failure of the central R-7 sustainer to separate from the payload. The true cause and time of her death were not made public until 2002; instead, it was widely reported that she died when her oxygen ran out on day six, or as the Soviet government initially claimed, she was euthanised prior to oxygen depletion.