Space Age begins

by Anonymous on Oct. 04th, 2007

Is there enough space for all this?: Satellites and other spacecraft on display at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo courtesy Mark Ryan.
Is there enough space for all this?: Satellites and other spacecraft on display at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo courtesy Mark Ryan.
Fifty years ago today, our world changed drastically when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite.

The beeping spacecraft was tracked by amateur radio operators as it made elliptical orbits around the Earth about every 96 minutes. It was 23 inches in diameter and weighed about 180 lbs.

Not only did the event change forever the way we would communicate, and lead to an increase in interest in science, mathematics, and engineering, it also ignited the Space Race which culminated with the United States placing the first humans on the surface of the Moon less than a dozen years later.

Read more about it here and here.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

More importantly than Sputnik... Fifty years ago today was the debut of Leave It to Beaver, the story of a strange little boy who would give America something to think about besides the horrible weapons we (and the USSR) were building as fast as we would.

It was probably a toss up, though, as to whether the Cleavers or the beeping of Sputnik was more interesting.

posted on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 10:11am
bryan kennedy's picture

Maybe as part of the 50 year anniversary we can launch Jerry Mathers (as the Beaver) into space?

posted on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 4:33pm

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