Sputnikfest 2014


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Sunday, July 1, 2012

In Space, No One Can Hear You Bark
Sputnik II was launched on November 2, 1957, just a little more than a year after Sputnik I made history.   The second satellite launched by the Russians again made history, being the first time that a living creature was launched into orbit – a dog, named Laika.  Laika did survive the trip into orbit, but lived only a few hours after that.  See previous blog post below titled “Laika Was a Girl” for more on this.  I wish I could take credit for the twist on the Alien reference used in the opening here – but I can’t.  I found it on an interesting website dedicated to a theatrical presentation “Devised & Performed by Niki McCretton.”  
The one-woman play tells the story of “Muttnik: The First Dog in Space.” 
“Muttnik is a stray. She lives on the streets of Moscow, cold and hungry, until one day she is captured. To her surprise, she finds herself in a shiny new home with food, water and adventures better than dreams. She is living at the Russian Space Centre and has been selected to be the first dog in space! She learns to fly a rocket, to parachute-jump, to dance in zero gravity and ... To Boldly Go Where No Dog Has Gone Before!" 
Fun stuff.  Here is a link to the Muttnik website – and here is a link to a YouTube video of the play.   Planet Terry

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