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Sputnik
Sputnik


The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957. The world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1 was a 183-pound beach ball-sized sphere that took about 98 minutes to orbit Earth. The launch of Sputnik marked the start of the space age and the U.S. – U.S.S.R. space race.


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