Thursday, October 04, 2007

Russia marks 50 years of Sputnik

50 years ago today, marked the beginning of the space age, with the launch of the first satellite, sputnik. it was only twice the size of a football ( a round one), and it emitted a signal that could be heard on a household radio as it circled the earth for 22 days.

this might not sound much now, with our iphones and internet connectivity, but back then a tv, and especially a colour tv was a luxury, and most people didn't have one, so the radio and the newspaper served as the medium by which the masses received their news. an aluminium object, twice the size of a football, sputnik changed the world forever.

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