Description - Reconsidering Sputnik by Roger D. Launius
The contours of space exploration in the latter half of the 20th century owe much to the seminal but hardly singular event of Sputnik. This work looks at how this event changed history on October 4th, 1957 when the former Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik 1. The first artificial satellite was the about the size of a basketball, weighed only 183 pounds and 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 adn the US-USSR space race.
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(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
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