Credit: S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation/Energia

 

The roots of space exploration stem back to the launch of the first artificial satellite of Earth – the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1.

Today, sixty years ago on October 4, 1957, the 184-pound polished sphere rocketed into Earth orbit. Its beep-beep-beeping sent scientific, technological, and political shockwaves around the world.

The dawn of the Space Age, and the start of the space race – the launching of a Soviet Union’s first articficial Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, on 4 October 1957 (5 October local time, Tyuratam)
Credit: ESA/RKK Energiya/Solaris

 

 

 

 

 

As American historian Daniel Boorstin noted: “Never before had so small and so harmless an object created such consternation.”

 

Go to this nicely produced European Space Agency Euronews: 60 years since Sputnik video on the milestone-making event:

http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2017/09/ESA_Euronews_60_years_since_Sputnik

For those inclined (or want to be), how about a vodka toast, sit back, and listen to the sounds of Sputnik 1.

Go to:

ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-bQEiklsK8

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