Tue, 2 October 2007
Sputnik celebrates its 50th anniversary this Thursday, October 4 - the first artificial satellite to circle the planet. It was soon followed by Sputnik 2 (dogs in space, 1958), first human in space (Yuri Gagarin, 1961), Telstar (first telecom satellite, 1962), and then we walked on the Moon (Armstrong and Aldrin, 1969).
Notice that I didn't say
Soviet or US above, because it doesn't really matter. Humans in space
is what counts. But everyone of course knows that Sputnik - Russian for
"fellow traveler" - set off the space race which we in the US
eventually "won" in 1969. Prior to then, Telstar was our only first
Category:Cosmos -- posted at: 11:34pm EST