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The first dog in space stayed in space for more than 60 years. Why did humans poison it?

by Na Dunshie 2 months ago in fact or fiction
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The first dog in space stayed in space for more than 60 years. Why did humans poison it?

The first man into space is Yuri Alexievich Gagarin of the Soviet Union, the first man on the moon is Neil Armstrong of the United States, the first country to launch a satellite is the Soviet Union...

So many firsts have been created by man's relentless efforts to explore the mysteries of the universe.

Although the space industry is human exploration, but in fact the first creature into space is not human, but a dog.

The dog was eventually poisoned by humans and remained in space for 60 years, which raises the question of why humans poisoned the dog instead of bringing it back.

The dog was sent into space by two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union.

World War II affected most countries in the world. After 16 years, the war was born of economic crisis and finally ended with the explosion of two atomic bombs.

After the war, the world was rebuilt. The victors, the Soviet Union and the United States, became super powers with their strong comprehensive national strength, and the decades-long competition between the United States and the Soviet Union began.

The two superpowers of equal strength are not able to compete with each other in terms of comprehensive national strength. From the economic field to the political field and other fields, the two sides are engaged in a fierce battle. Among the comprehensive national strength, the space field competition is quite fierce.

As a new field, both the Soviet Union and the United States wanted to be the first to break through the technological limitations, so that they could have a greater say in the world.

At the same time, the Soviet Union tried to plan a manned space program, but because the technical conditions were not mature and the risks of manned space flight were too great, after intense discussions, it was decided to send an animal into space.

So what is the best animal to send into space? The consensus was that the dog came to mind.

As loyal companions, dogs have an unmatched advantage over other animals in being able to respond to human instructions after domestication.

In the choice of dog species, the scientists wandered among domestic dogs, military dogs and stray dogs, and finally selected a stray dog as the experimental object, and named it Laika.

Laika, who lived up to his name as a stray, was found rummaging through trash cans and was emaciated after not eating for so long.

After being found hiding behind a trash can, Laika was not expected to be a stray dog, but the scientists couldn't help but be amused by Laika's appearance.

The scientist reached out to Laika and called twice, beckoning for him to come to him. To his delight, Laika came slowly from behind the trash can.

Because scientists could tell that the stray dog was trusting and unwary of humans. Not only that, it was also smarter than other dogs, which would save money and time in subsequent training.

Luckily or unluckily, Laika became a backup test subject.

The scientists trained one dog from each of the three breeds, excluding domestic dogs because they were particularly stressed with strangers.

Next came the battle between the military dogs and Lycra. Military dogs have excellent physical and auditory abilities. Even though Lycra's abilities have improved after training, they are not as good as those of military dogs trained for a long time. But in the end, the scientists chose Lycra.

This is because of Leica's ability to starve. Although military dogs have excellent abilities in training, they need to be fed in time to maintain their ability.

Once a military dog is hungry, its ability will decrease and its performance will be unstable. Laika, on the other hand, can go two days without eating and still stay the same.

Given the long duration of space missions and the lack of technology to properly feed dogs, Leica is clearly superior to military dogs when they are hungry.

In fact, in addition to hunger, there is another reason, that is compared with military dogs, the cost of training Lycra is much lower.

Given that Leica has been so effective in a short period of training, scientists don't need to risk an expensive military dog.

The project was completed in such a hurry that the scientists had to compete with each other to finish the project in the least amount of time and cost, in order to stay one step ahead of the other.

The project was done so quickly that there was no extra time for review, and the scientists agreed that the chances of success were not high.

Instead of losing a well-bred military dog, it's better to experiment with a stray dog that doesn't cost much, even if it fails.

When everything was ready, the scientists themselves attached the camera and the poison bottle to Leica.

Laika was housed in a small cabin, a place where she didn't have any freedom of movement. This is the cabin that scientists built for Lycra to keep it from running around.

As it turned out, the scientists had no reason to worry. Laika stayed in the middle of the ship without moving. It's all the more poignant considering how Laika ended up.

Even in the face of the intense thrust of a rocket launch, Laika remains calm in the face of the camera. Perhaps he had suffered too much wandering, which was just a drop in the bucket.

As the spacecraft lifted off, scientists watched what was happening in the cabin with cameras and began recording data from the spacecraft.

When the spaceship successfully entered the space, Laika also became the first creature into the space, it looked at the dark universe outside the cabin is very confused.

Subsequent footage of the flight was not released, but a week later, Soviet officials announced that Laika had been euthanized in her cabin.

According to the official announcement, Laika spent a week in the cabin, during which time she cooperated with scientists in various experiments.

This is because Laika could have survived without food supplies, but at the end of the experiment, due to technical reasons, the ship could not be recovered, and the Laika was never returned.

The scientists made the decision ahead of time to put Laika to sleep to reduce her suffering.

But there is also another rumor, that because of the immature technology, after sending Lycra to space, the intense solar radiation caused the spacecraft to heat up quickly.

Soon, the heat from the outside of the ship passed to the inside, and Lycra was killed by the heat.

It has been reported that Laika's signs of life after entering space were obviously wrong, with its blood pressure and heart rate several times higher than normal.

You know, there is no atmosphere to shield the sun from radiation in space, where the sun hits, the temperature of the spacecraft itself can quickly rise to more than 200 degrees Celsius.

Special materials are needed in the structure of the spacecraft to block this transfer, keeping the internal temperature between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius.

Apparently, the Soviet scientists had prepared too hastily, either with the wrong materials or with the wrong techniques, which led to the tragedy.

It's hard to think about how sweet Laika died after being tortured.

Either way, Laika, the subject of the experiment, remains in space forever, a page in history.

Some people think that humans should not force animals to "make contributions" to their experiments, while others think that perhaps this is the best ending for Laika's wandering life. As an experimental object, Laika has made important contributions to the development of human space industry, and this puppy will live in people's hearts forever.

According to the data of Leica liftoff feedback, human beings will have more sophisticated and sophisticated technology in the construction of future spacecraft, and in the history of human beings, there will be traces of such a stray dog

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