publication date: Saturday, December 18, 2004 (part of Round XXIV)

category: Science

clue: Irony aside, this heroic "muttnik" didn't survive being the first living passenger in orbit.

explanation: Laika was a stray dog taken in by the Russian space program in the 1950s, and was launched into orbit on Sputnik 2 in 1957, though she died a few hours later. She was nicknamed Muttnik for the experience. more…

solved by: Steve West, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, David Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Scott Horowitz, Megan Baxter, Lori Lancaster, Aaron Fischer, Todd Brotsch, E. M., Christine Marie Doiron, Anna Gregoline, Nadine Russell, Anthony Lewis, Lori S., Phyllis Joy, Jesse Vengrove, Brad Htnck, John Pierpoint, Angela Lathem-Ballard, Jeff Ball, Kevin Laudadio, and Jack Johnson

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