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News: Today is the anniversary of satellite technology

October 4th 1957.... The birth of the modern space race began with the successful launch of Sputnik 1 by the Russian Space Program. This was the catalyst that spurred the USA on to join Russia in the race to Space.

The original Sputnik 1 satellite was about 60cm (or 2 foot if you were alive when it went up) and weighed in at a tad over 83 Kilos. The satellite didn't actually do much but issue a series of radio beeps, but it was a proof of concept that has led to the birth of our modern day global communications infrastructure and paved the way for the plethora of satellites adorning our skies today. These of course include the constellation of GPS Satellites which we use everyday in our navigation systems.

To commemorate the importance of the day even Google has a special themed Sputnik logo.


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Posted on Thursday, October 04 @ 16:36:52 UTC by Mike Barrett

 
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