Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

speaking of probes & such, heeeeere's Sputnik!

In a little over a week, it'll be the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik and the ensuing Space Age.

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I wonder how many people back then would have believed how the Space Race and the Cold War ended. Neither with bangs. Well, except on occasion. I wonder how many of those people would gape in disbelief if they learned how little we made of our Man in Space investments?

On the other hand, we have a wide diversity of robotic probes exploring our Solar System and the universe beyond, and indeed those are more direct descendants of Sputnik after all.

Tags: the space age

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