4th October 1957 – Sputnik 1 launched

Sputnik 1 the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth is launched by the Soviet Union on 4th October 1957.

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I do not remember this. My interest for space and astronomy woke up a little later.

MSNBC writes:

Fifty years ago this week, Sputnik Chief Designer Sergei Korolyov watched as a modified Russian missile launched into space from Kazakhstan’s lonely steppes carrying a very special payload.

and this:

But 50 years later, it emerges that the momentous launch was far from being part of a well-planned strategy to demonstrate communist superiority over the West. Instead, the first artificial satellite in space was a spur-of-the-moment gamble driven by the dream of one scientist, whose team scrounged a rocket, slapped together a satellite and persuaded a dubious Kremlin to open the space age.

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