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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

    Sputnik was the first artificial Earth satellite. It was a 58 cm (23 in) diameter polished metal sphere, with four external radio antennas to broadcast radio pulses. Launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. Buy it as a limited edition silkscreen print or as an archival digital print:

    From Peter Alway's 1995 book "Rockets of the World"

    This Day in Science History Oct 4, 1957: Soviet Union launches Sputnik I The successful launch of the unmanned satellite Sputnik I by the Soviet Union in October 1957 shocks and frightens many Americans. As the tiny satellite orbited the earth, Americans reacted with dismay that the Soviets could have gotten so far ahead of the supposedly technologically superior United States.

    Sputnik: The Soviet Union launched the first Sputnik satellite on October, 4 1957, ushering in the age of space exploration and kicking off an intense space race with the United States.

    Atlantis launch

    Women Power!! Remember nothing is impossible unless you make it! Sally Ride, First American Woman In Space, RIP: Astronaut Sally K. Ride, STS-7 mission specialist, communicates with ground controllers from the mid-deck of the earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Challenger in June 1983. by #Sally_Ride #NASA #Astronaut

    Early History of Satellites.

    Ami Continental jukebox, 1958.

    Shuttle Launch /by scbb11Sketch1 #flickr #art #space #shuttle #rocket #STS

    Vintage Russian Matchbox. Space dogs of the USSR

    On this Day in History, April 9, 1959: NASA introduced America’s first astronauts who became known as the Original Seven (pictured) and were chosen for the country’s first space program "Project Mercury"



    Russian Yuri Gagarin, first man in space, Apr 12, 1961


    Valentina Tereshkova - first woman in space

    Luna 2, the first human-made object to reach the surface of the Moon.

    Lyndon B. Johnson was the 36th President of the USA. He was in office November 22, 1963-January 20, 1969

    The first human in space, Yuri Gagarin (9.3.1934 – 27.3.1968). In his Vostok spacecraft he completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

    Laika the dog in Sputnik II. Laika was a Russian dog which became the first living creature from Earth to enter orbit. At one time a stray wandering the streets of Moscow, she was selected from an animal shelter and was launched into space on 3 November 1957. Laika likely died within hours after launch from overheating, possibly caused by a failure of the central R-7 sustainer to separate from the payload. The true cause and time of her death was not made public until 2002.