Sputnik Missions

By: Aki

What were the Sputnik Missions?

The sputnik missions were the start of the space age. Sputnik 1 was the first satellite sent into space and Sputnik 2 was the first space craft with a living organism in it.
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Sputnik 1

Sputnik 1 was the first satellite placed into orbit around the earth. It was launched from Kazakhstan which was the former Soviet union. The satellite was a 58 cm diameter sphere that carried 4 antennas. It circled the earth every 98 minutes. Russia worked with London which started the G-2 program. Sputnik allowed the first meteorite detection and was able to spot surfaces on the earth and send data back to mission control centers. Unfortunately, the on board batteries failed and Sputnik 1 burned up on re-entry.
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Sputnik Missions Overview

The Sputnik missions were the start of the space age. The Sputniks caused panic and questioning throughout the U.S. The most famous question was, "Why couldn't we beat the Russians"? Though the Russians were ahead, the Sputniks inspired the U.S. to create NASA. Now NASA and Russia are a great space team.
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LAIKA, FIRST IN SPACE