Science Fiction Historical aliens space flash fiction

Sputnik 2, Interior

By KJ Kabza
Dec 23, 2018 · 184 words · 1 minute


From the author: When the first dog in space, Laika, died of panic and overheating inside Sputnik 2 in 1957, the Soviets covered up the true circumstances of her death for decades. But they couldn’t hide the truth from everyone.


We were almost not alone.

On a frigid day in 1957, Sputnik 2 went up on a Sputnik-PS rocket. You remember Sputnik 2. SOVIET FIRES NEW SATELLITE, CARRYING DOG, the newspapers said, back when there were newspapers.

We read about it in sixth grade. Our textbooks said Laika the dog orbited the earth for days and passed away gently, peacefully; man's best friend a benevolent sacrifice to the stars.

But now we know our childhood textbooks lied. FIRST DOGIN SPACE DIED WITHIN HOURS, the Internet...

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