First Human In Space
By Boris Vasilev
enough, the first Earth life form in space was not a human
at all but a Russian dog named Laika. Laika was sent into
space in November of 1957 atop the Russian rocket called
II. Unfortunately for Laika, this was a one way trip designed
to test the effects of space travel on life forms. After
a week in orbit Laika died of asphyxiation.
years later the Soviet Union would shock the world again
by sending the first man into outer space. On April 12,1961
the spaceship named Vostok launched Major Yuri Alekseyevich
Gagarin into outer space. Not only was he the first human
to fly in space but he was also the first man to orbit the
was yet another in a string of space flight firsts for the
soviet union that shook the United States to its foundations.
Four years earlier the Russians had also launched the first
unmanned satellite into orbit atop the Sputnik I rocket.
These historic events were the wake up call to the United
States and they set in motion a series of events that would
culminate in humankind setting foot on the moon.