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Sputnik 1 Pictures Gallery


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 basketball, weighed only 183 pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. 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.
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SputnikSputnik ProgramSergey KorolevSergey Korolev - Founder of the Soviet Space ProgramThe State Commission for the Sputnik Satellite The State Commission for the Sputnik SatelliteSputnik 1 - Exploded ViewSputnik 1 - Exploded View
Sputnik 1 AssemblySputnik 1 AssemblyAnnouncement of SputnikAnnouncement of Plans to Launch Sputnik 1Sputnik 1 MockupSputnik 1 MockupLaunch of Sputnik 1Launch of Sputnik 1 October 4, 1957
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