Here is Laika, the fearless Russian Cosmonaut Canine. She was the first animal in orbit, riding in Sputnik II in 1957. Laika was a mutt found on the streets of Moscow. Scientists thought these strays would be well-suited to the harshness of space, having become accustomed to the cold Soviet winter weather. Laika's sacrifice led to great advances in space exploration, as well as sparking debate over the use and misuse of animals in scientific research. Honor the intrepid space dog with this beautiful dog t-shirt.