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October 04, 2010

Anniversary of Sputnik I

From NASA's "Image of the Day Gallery":

Image credit: NASA

Birth of the Space Age

History changed on Oct. 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I, the world's first artificial satellite. About the size of a beach ball and weighing about 184 pounds, it 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."

Check out NASA's rich multimedia offerings here.

Posted by sgarrett at October 4, 2010 10:43 AM


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