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To Boldly Go Where No Mutt Has Gone Before by Sophie-Louise on 16 May 2006 3:01am
 
in relation to the latest poll on the homepage i found this article on the web!

http://www.dogsinthenews.com/issues/0211/articles/021103a.htm

go laika! i think laika is great. i love mr p but laika died for no reason which makes me sad!

soph xxx
 
Re: To Boldly Go Where No Mutt Has Gone Before by sighthound on 16 May 2006 3:15am
 
I remember Laika's flight. I was so excited at first but then I realized that they weren't going to bring her back and I got really upset. It was probably the first time I ever really questioned the wisdom of adults and it turned me off the space program for a very long time.
 
Re: To Boldly Go Where No Mutt Has Gone Before by Spursfan on 16 May 2006 12:13pm
 
It didn't turn me off the space programme - but I was only a young child and I did find it upsetting.

Actually I just read the article Sophie-Louise posted and found myself getting a bit watery-eyed! I can't imagine sending our baby (Tosun the Staffie) out into Space to die!!!
 
Re: To Boldly Go Where No Mutt Has Gone Before by suzulu on 16 May 2006 1:46pm
 
It was downright cruel!! How that poor little dog suffered, and the ones they put into space afterwards!
 
Re: To Boldly Go Where No Mutt Has Gone Before by irishladette on 16 May 2006 2:02pm
 
Cruel cruel cruel..........
 
Re: To Boldly Go Where No Mutt Has Gone Before by arty_farty on 16 May 2006 2:14pm
 
i know. i couldn't imagine sending my 3 cats in to space either.
 
Re: To Boldly Go Where No Mutt Has Gone Before by tucsonmike on 16 May 2006 2:29pm
 
I can see the rationale for sending an animal first when heading into Space was still new. If you had human volunteers though, they should have gone first. Doesn't seem fair to scare an animal to death who doesn't know what is going on.

I support space programs, because they bring us all many other benefits.
 
Re: To Boldly Go Where No Mutt Has Gone Before by perfectbitch on 16 May 2006 8:44pm
 
I agree that animals neded to be used first but they should have found a way to retrieve them.

I was so very excited by the early space programme - anyone interested could do worse than watching or reading "The Right Stuff." by Tom Wolfe. Can't remember the films director. It's a bit gung ho but it has its moments and Sam Shepard as Chuck Yaeger is a bit yummy.

Linz
 
Re: To Boldly Go Where No Mutt Has Gone Before by sighthound on 16 May 2006 11:34pm
 
Philip Kaufman directed it as well as wrote the script, Linz. Wonderful film. I saw it again recently and was surprised that it's held up as well as it has. I should read the book again too - highly recommended.

One of my favorite projects ever was making some space science education mini-docs for kids. I not only got to film inside all the shuttle training equipment in Houston with astronauts, but NASA gave me about 60 hours of space footage to work with - from pre-Mercury days through the Shuttle missions current at the time. And, since it was for an educational purpose, it was all free! - I just had to pay for the blank tapes. And they gave me an expert to work with who made sure I got all my facts right. Sometimes the U.S. Govt. does things right.

I wish I was young enough to be able to travel to the moon someday....
 
Re: To Boldly Go Where No Mutt Has Gone Before by perfectbitch on 17 May 2006 9:54am
 
Thank-you sighthound - I should have remembered Kaufman. How lucky to have had all that help from NASA. They are very generous with their images and info - one of my girls wrote to them re a school project and they sent loads of stuff - didn't even ask for postage.

I too would love to see the Earth from the moon.

Linz
 
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