4 Oct 2007


Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the Soviet satellite which was the first man-made object to be sent into an Earth orbit.
The successful launch was announced obliquely in a small news item on the front page of Pravda, but immediately became front page news around the world.
Sputnik was a small silver-coloured ball 58cm (2 feet) in diameter, with four frond-like antennae and two radio transmitters.
Read further here about Sputnik and also here to see more pictures.

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