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The illustration intended to be much, much happier, however after reading of the life and experiences of Laika, the first dog sent into orbit, her story stuck with me.It is meant to convey the “rushed” operation to achieve reaching outer space, exploiting Laika’s calm, inviting demeanor and inevitably costing her her life. Most of the illustrations celebrate Laika as the first dog in space, forgetting that she had little choice in the matter. Despite the monument held in her honor, scientists admitted that due to the rushed deadline to build the rocket and the information gained after her demise, it was not worth the sacrifice of life.
If you would like to read up on Laika, her Wikipedia page is here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laika