Laika'S Window (eBook)
The Legacy Of A Soviet Space Dog
de Kurt Caswell
Sobre o livro
Kurt Caswell examines Laikas life and death and the speculation surrounding both. Profiling the scientists behind Sputnik II, he studies the political climate driven by the Cold War and the Space Race that expedited the satellites development. Through this intimate portrait of Laika, we begin to understand what the dog experienced in the days and hours before the launch, what she likely experienced during her last moments, and what her flight means to history and to humanity. While a few of the other space dog flights rival Laikas in endurance and technological advancements, Caswell argues that Laikas flight serves as a tipping point in space exploration beyond which the dream of exploring nearby and distant planets opened into a kind of fever from which humanity has never recovered.
Examining the depth of human empathywhat we are willing to risk and sacrifice in the name of scientific achievement and our exploration of the cosmos, and how politics and marketing can influence itLaikas Windowis also about our search to overcome loneliness and the role animals play in our drive to look far beyond the earth for answers.