Sputnik Mania

It was really no bigger than a beach ball, weighed about as much as a full-grown man and it beeped. And aside from transmitting a radio signal and accidentally opening a few automatic garage doors, it didn't really do anything except orbit the globe once every 96 minutes. But the gleaming Sputnik I, launched by the Russians on October 4, 1957, just as the...read more

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