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    Sputnik 1 (Russian: "Cпутник-1" Russian pronunciation: [ˈsputʲnʲək], "Satellite-1", ПС-1 (PS-1, i.e. "Простейший Спутник-1",was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on 4 October 1957. The surprise success precipitated the American Sputnik crisis, began the Space Age and triggered the Space Race, a part of the larger Cold War. The launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments

    • Emery Weiner

      Sputnik is the first artificial Earth satellite launched by the Soviet Union which scared Americans Half to Death

    • Will Bailey

      Sputnik 1 was a technological device from the 1950's. It was the first artificial Earth satellite and triggered the start of the space race which started new technological and scientific developments. RSC Energia. (1957). Sputnik 1. Available: Last accessed 12th November 2013.

    • Kathleen Andersen

      October 4th, 1957: Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union.

    • Maria Meidger

      A replica of Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite, launched into an orbit by the USSR on 4 October 1957. #space

    • Alfred Henz

      Sputnik 1 / History changed on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ball and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the start of the space age and the U.S.-U.S.S.R space race.

    • Selena

      January 4, 1958: Sputnik re-enters the Earth's atmosphere. The first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth had been launched by the Soviet Union 3 months earlier. Although the President and others in the know were not surprised, the American public was astonished and aghast to learn we were so far behind our Cold War enemies. A flurry of legislation soon led to the creation of NASA, the Space Race, and a whole lot of funding for education in science and mathematics. The photo is of a replica.

    • Tojo

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