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:

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

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