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Sparking the Space Age

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Abstract

Historically speaking, Sputnik was an entirely appropriate name for the spacecraft. Over countless eons leading up to 4 October 1957, our Earth had been accompanied on its celestial journey by the Moon, nature’s own satellite. But on that momentous October day the world would unexpectedly have a second satellite; an instrument package hermetically sealed and filled with gaseous nitrogen within a polished, 22.8-inch-diameter steel sphere that had been given a Cyrillic name translating to “fellow traveller”. That day the history of our planet would change dramatically and forever. The Space Age had truly begun.

Keywords

Space Programme Ballistic Missile International Geophysical Year Fellow Traveller Orbital Insertion 
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