Sputnik’s 47th Anniversary

by Laurence on 10/4/2004 · 2 comments

What does it have to do with Central Asia? Read this item from Transterrestrial Musings:

On this date, forty-seven years ago, from the windy steppes of Kazakhstan, a missile, originally designed to deliver a deadly warhead, sundered the skies. But its payload was not a bomb, but a basketball-sized sphere of metal with transponders. Its destination was not another territory on earth, but the semi-permanent freefall of outer space. It was the first object since the dawn of time, crafted by humans, to enter orbit around our planet. It was the beginning of the space age.

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