On November 3rd, nineteen fifty-seven, the Soviet Union launched the first living creature into orbit; a stray dog named Laika pulled out of a Moscow animal shelter. The Sputnik II had no re-entry capacity, so this was a one-way trip. In this alternate version of the story, Laika is a passing celestial being accidentally trapped by the earth’s gravity and dragged reluctantly to its surface in the middle of a Moscow winter. Stranded, in the body of a dog, the alien being is forced to intervene in the early Soviet space program to get a ride home.

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Written by Alan V Hare.

Read by  Mitchel Tew

Opening and Closing composed and created by David Hume

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