Sputnik 2 was the second spacecraft ever sent into orbit, and the first one to carry a living animal in space, a dog named Laika, on 1957-Nov-3. However, the spacecraft was not designed to return to Earth, and Laika tragically died on the satellite's fourth orbit. The satellite continued its operations until the batteries depleted on 1957-Nov-10, before reentering the atmosphere on April 1958
Launch on an R-7 rocket, 1957-Nov-3
The first living creature in orbit, Laika
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