Thursday, October 4, 2007

Google - Sputnik

I learned this morning (thanks to the Google logo) that it is Sputnik's 50th anniversary!

"On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union successfully launched the first artificial Satellite into orbit. Sputnik I (the name means "Fellow Traveller") was about the size of a basketball and weighed about 183 pounds (about 85 kilograms). It carried two radio transmitters which broadcast beeping signals at 20.005 and 40.002 megacycles, and which could easily be detected with amateur radio equipment."

Read more about the Sputnik story here - Wikipedia is pure magic ;)

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