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Sixty years ago this month, the Space Age was born in an event that threatened to alter the balance of power. It's a story about a beachball-sized metal sphere that stunned the world, was the biggest news since an anonymous fish thought it would be a good idea to set foot on land, and pivots on the rivalry of two superpowers and of two men – one of whom was unaware of the other's existence.
Sputnik 1 launched on October 4, 1957. Besides cold war speculation, this was one of the greatest events in space race that sparkled competition, scientific/technical achievements and – eventually, led to 1969 Moon Landing. The satellite was 58 cm (about … Continue reading →


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