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This article is very close to the one on this page: http://home.cwru.edu/~sjr16/advanced/20th_soviet_sputnik.html . Isn't there a right problem?
This article could use a section on public reactions to the fate of Laika. I've only come across it tangentially in the course of my research, but I've got the impression that many people in Britain were upset by the lack of a return mechanism for the dog. If anyone knows more, it'd be great if they could add it in.--126.96.36.199 22:39, 3 November 2005 (UTC)
The comments about Sputnik-2 and -3 and the radiation belts is inaccurate, but a discussion of that topic probably belongs in the Sputnik 3 page. It should be noted that Sputnik 3 was launched two months before Explorer-4, so it was not simply verifying the results from the first high-latitude American satellite. Sputnik-3 was the first to probe the upper latitudes of the radiation field, which Vernov called the "polar belts". The spatial structure of the "high-altitude radiation" was not fully understood until a number of probes had explored higher latitudes and greater distances (as Luna-1 and 2 and some Pioneer probes later did). Vernov's contributions were not really properly credited and cited by American scientists at that time. DonPMitchell 23:31, 22 July 2007 (UTC)
I have never seen any claim by Yazdovsky or anyone else that Laika was planned to be euthanized by poison. I don't believe that is correct. The food and oxygen supply were designed for 7 days. DonPMitchell 09:15, 29 July 2007 (UTC)
Korabl Sputnik 2 vs. Sputnik 2
Another thing to keep in mind is that many facts are confused between Sputnik-2 (Object PS-2), and the launch of Belka and Strelka aboard Korabl Sputnik 2 (spaceship satellite), which was actually Sputnik-5. The report of 40 degree temperature is from an article about Sputnik-5, and television pictures of Belka and Strelka are commonly misidentified as Laika. There was no television camera in Sputnik-2. DonPMitchell 20:47, 29 July 2007 (UTC)
Don, I'm curious about your source for the lack of cameras in Sputnik-2, because NASA seems to think otherwise.
From http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1957-002A : A television camera was mounted in the passenger compartment to observe Laika. The camera could transmit 100-line video frames at 10 frames/second. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 18:19, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
Minor Wiki Cleanup
The edit boxes for the different subsections (4 as of today) have all piled up at the bottom of the article. Does someone know how to clean this up and have the edit boxes appear correctly next to their headings? I've confirmed this on two separate browsers (Safari and Firefox) and believe it may have to do with the wikimarkup in this article.VoxMoose 20:38, 3 November 2007 (UTC)