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The Space Race has begun!

The Space Race

In October, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first satellite. Sputnik. Sputnik was actually no larger than a beach ball and sent meaningless signals back to earth, but it had a profound effect on the thinking of citizens and governments around the globe.

Russian engineers wanted to make sure that people around the globe could both see and hear it. Sputnik was polished so it would reflect light that could be seen with the naked eye even from 175 miles up in the sky. And it broadcast a "beep-beep" pattern of signals that could be picked up by amateur radio operators around the world.

The Space Race Cartoon

Space Race Over

The Space Race was considered over after we, the Americans landed Apollo 11 on the moon.