Sputnik II has been launched with first living creature ever to reach outer space, dog Laika.
Various, USSR and Czechoslovakia.
GV. Street in Moscow, Russia. TV. People round newspaper stall in Russia. Paper is informing the people that Sputnik II, the first satellite with living creature in, Husky dog Laika, is launched. CU. Cartoon in paper, satellite going round world, dissolve to two half moons smiling at each other and baby of peace sitting on rocket going round world.
GV. Mountain ranges, with animated rocket flying through air. CU. Rocket flying through air, the first section breaks away, second section breaks away leaving head of rocket. CU. Rocket head. GV. Rocket flying through sky. Signals coming up from earth. LV. Apparatus and Laika in rocket. CU. Pan, rocket showing apparatus, we see the dog. Animated planned route of the satellite is seen.
LV. Range of mountains. Pan, observatory in Czechoslovakia. AS. Large telescope in Russia showing people operating it. GV. Interior of observatory. Man working tape recorder and various instruments. SCU. Man with earphones turning dials to receive "bleep" noise. CU. Hands turning dials. CU. Screen showing "bleep" "bleep". CU. Man with earphones. Grabs earphones as bleeping comes through. CU. Earphone on ear. GV. Line of men looking through small telescopes. Aerial of radio telescope at Jodrell Bank, England, & GV, from ground. Soviets have asked for British help in observing the satellite. GV. Dish, mast in middle. GV. Starry sky with bleeping moving across it.
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