Friday, October 05, 2007

Happy 50th Sputnik

I should have posted this yesterday. Happy birthday, old girl! The start of the Space Age! :)

"Sputnik means "traveling companion". Despite the innocuous sounding name, the launch of planet Earth's first artificial moon, Sputnik 1, by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957, changed the world and set in motion events which resulted in the creation of NASA and the race to the Moon. Sputnik 1 was a 184 pound, 22 inch diameter sphere with four whip antennas connected to battery powered transmitters. The transmitters broadcast a continuous "beeping" signal to an astounded earthbound audience for 23 days. A short month later, on November 3, the Soviet Union followed this success by launching a dog into orbit aboard Sputnik 2. "


Alexander said...

You'll never be forgiven in the space fan community for this late birthday card. Glad things went well for Sputnik. Could have been disastrous. Could have sent back a message in a smooth english accent saying - "Jst a moment.....just a moment. I've just found a fault in the AE35 Unit" (and we all know where that line leads).

Martin said...

lol. Im suprised a rousing choral anthem wasn't coming booming out of it, along with various quotes from Marx and Lenin ;)

"I claim this interstellar void on behalf of the Glorious Peoples Republic!"