Fifty years have passed since the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite to orbit the Earth. This event touched off the space race that would eventually lead to a man setting foot on the moon. We’ve sent out probes every planet and have rovers exploring the surface of Mars as we speak.
But none of our most recent accomplishments has caught the attention of the public like that four-antenna ball that orbited the Earth for 3 months, emitting radio signals for the first 22 days, before disintegrating in the atmosphere. Hopefully some day outer space will once again fascinate the populace.
Here is a video of the Sputnik 1 launch, which I found courtesy of a comment that linked to it while also having a spammy giftcard contest. The comment was written on topic, but the writer clearly didn’t read my post, so I classified it as spam. Here is the video from YouTube: