Sputnik 2

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Sputnik 2
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Sputnik 2
Organization: Soviet Union
Major contractors: OKB-1
Mission type: Earth Science
Satellite of: Earth
Launch date: 3 November 1957 at 02:30:00 UTC
Launch vehicle: R-7/SS-6 ICBM
Decay: 14 April 1958
Mission duration: 162 days
NSSDC ID: 1957-002A
Webpage: NASA NSSDC Master Catalog
Mass: 508.3 kg (1,120 lb.)
Semimajor axis: 7,314.2 km (4,544.8 mi)
Eccentricity: .098921
Inclination: 65.33°
Orbital period: 103.7 minutes
Apoapsis: 1,660 km (1,030 mi)
Periapsis: 212 km (132 mi)
Orbits: ~2,000
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Sputnik 2 was a Soviet Union spacecraft. It was the second spacecraft in the Sputnik programme. It was the first spacecraft to carry a living animal, a dog called Laika.[1] It was launched on 3 October 1957 at Baikonur Cosmodrome.[1] Scientists think that Laika died several hours after launch from overheating. The spacecraft went into orbit around Earth for roughly five months.[1] It went down into Earth's atmosphere on 14 April 1958 and burned up.[1]

Sputnik 2 was 4 metres (13 feet) high and its base diameter was 2 metres (6.6 feet).[1] It was a cone-shaped and it had several different places for radio transmitters, a telemetry system, a programming unit, a regeneration and temperature control system for the spacecraft, and scientific instruments.[1] Laika was put in a special area.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Sputnik 2". NASA NSSDC. http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1957-002A. Retrieved 2011-12-24.