Category: sputnik

The USSR’s Sputnik 3 satellite takes flight in 1958. Illustration by Valentin Viktorov.

Space Age matchbox labels from the Soviet Union.

1982 space art by Andrei Sokolov, recalling the orbital odyssey of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 satellite, which launched on October 4, 1957.

The Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 satellite, illustrated by Chris Calle.

A 1971 postcard, illustrated by Valentin Viktorov, pictures the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 satellite orbiting Earth on October 4, 1957.

Sputnik 1 in a trading card from Brooke Bond Tea, illustrated by David Lawson, UK. The real Sputnik launched into space on this day in 1957.

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The Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial satellite, launched into history on this day in 1957.

Illustration by Andrei Sokolov.

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial satellite, was launched into space on October 4, 1957.

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TODAY IN HISTORY: On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial satellite, launched into space and changed the world it left behind.

The United States should thank the USSR for doing this and spurring the US into creating its own space program and a generation of engineers and scientists. It’s hard to overestimate how powerful and important this moment was even if much of it related to paranoia and insecurities.

The same rockets that propelled the first astronauts and cosmonauts into space were developed to carry a nuclear payload. It’s been said before, but I’m still amazed how the Cold War and the Space Race were so inextricably linked.

60 YEARS AGO TODAY: 1982 space art by Andrei Sokolov, recalling the orbital odyssey of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 satellite, which launched on October 4, 1957.