generalspace (not spatial)

50 years since Sputnik

I’m sure you’ve probably already seen it, but I have to give a shout out for the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial orbiting satellite. The Russian success marked the beginning of the Space Age, and the race between the US and the USSR for manned spaceflight. It’s a different world a half century on, and China may even be the next country to get to the moon.