Carter Dunmyre

First satellite in space

Who: The Soviets launched Sputnik and ignited the Space race. The space race was between the Soviet Union and the United States.

What: Sputnik 1 was the first ever artificial earth satellite. It was successfully launched into space by the Soviets. Sputnik 1 was only 23 inches in diameter and it was a little metal sphere.

When: Sputnik 1 was launched on October 4, 1957. Sputnik 2 was launched on Novemeber 3rd 1957.

Where: Sputnik was a soviet satellite, it was launched at Gagarin's Start in Cosmodrome Kazakhstan.

Why: It ignited the space race, and the Russians wanted to be the first to travel to space. They were also the first to put an animal in space.


This cool cat Laika was the first dog to go to space. She died from overheating within the first few hours of being in space.
Launch of Sputnik 1 - October 4, 1957
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