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A Dog's Tale: The First Creature To Orbit The Earth

Laika was remembered on a Romanian postage stamp.

Laika the dog began her life as a stray on the streets of Moscow, but attained a level of immortality as she became the first living being to orbit the Earth, aboard Sputnik 2.

The Soviet scientists who sent Laika into space knew one thing for sure: Laika was certain to die.

Kurt Caswell's book, Laika's Window, captures this mysterious, sad and haunting tale from the early days of the Space Age.  The author joins us to talk about his subject matter and his research.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.