October 4, 2005
The First Space Traveler
Today is a historic day. On October 4, 1957, exactly 48 years ago, the first artificial satellite Sputnik was placed in orbit. The launch of Sputnik marked the dawn of the Space Age.
Sputnik literally means the "traveling companion" in Russian, which seems to be appropriate since the following launch of the satellite carried a dog named Laika, the first living creature that went into Space.
By the way, did you know that the Sputnik launch also led to the creation of NASA?
Click here to hear the sounds of Sputnik.
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