Sputnik: The Dawn of the Space Age

Rambling History

October 4th, 1957, a new age in human history dawns.

From the Tyuratam launch base in Kazakhstan, the Soviet Union successfully launches a space craft into orbit, where it will circle the Earth every hour and thirty six minutes.

Sputnik Satellite in Orbit

By today’s standards Sputnik is a small and primitive device, weighing a mere 184 pounds with a diameter of only 22 inches. It is however, a landmark moment in space exploration; Mankind’s first foray into the great unknown of space.

This achievement sends the United States into a frenzy. Soviet spacecraft orbiting above America, broadcasting radio signals strong enough to be picked up even by amateur radio enthusiasts on the ground.

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Soviet success took the United States completely by surprise. Neither the military nor the scientific community imagined that the Soviets would achieve such a feat so…

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