We would do well to remember that Terriers achieved space travel before people did. It has been said that they are actually space aliens stranded on Earth. Trying to return to the stars I guess. What strange power do they have over us?
I Laika that dog
I think Sputnik gave me my interest in all things to do with space. I can still remember listening to the radio when it was announced that the Russians had got a satellite in space. Was 10 at the time and we had just moved to the country from London. Next day at School and I got detention for not paying attention to the teacher. The first of many that I had over the years. Funnily enough the detention was all about Space and I blame that teacher for years wasted reading science fiction books.
When Sputnik flew, I was only 3 and completely unaware of it. However I do remember Trick or Treating and pumpkins which were larger than Sputnik from a few weeks after that.
Also: The first "Leave it to Beaver"
The death of Janis Joplin
And... drum roll....
In Kiev they seemed to have no love for the old Soviet Union. They had some very funny Tshirts like McLennon ("over one billion oppressed") and such.
But everyone apparently loves Yuri Gargarin. I wish I had bought me a Gargarin tshirt. He appeared to be a very handsome and charismatic man.
The movie October Sky is about this high school kid in WV who was inspired by Sputnik, started building
rockets, won the national science fair, and ended up working for NASA. Excelent movie.
Heh, this brought back memories. My grandfather used to call me Sputnik.
After dozens of calculus and other math/science courses in college and the hand-wringing about the scientific inadequacy of American education, I must admit that in my entire career, no one has ever asked me to do anything more complicated than addition.
Maybe NASA missed me....
So I always use a calculator when it counts, but try to stay in practice by doing math in my head when possible.
I was too young to follow the Sputniks at the time, and I guess I never read that much about them, because I did not realize until this week that Sputnik 2 carried the dog to its death.
This week- Radio 4 on the BBC has had as book of the week Red Moon Rising- a story about Sputnik and the russian Space Age
Each day is only 15 minutes and it will only be on the web page for afew days.
Bit of overlap from the preceding programme but well worth listeninhg to-Possible with a pinch of salt for facts but I believe it.
Sputnik and I were launched the same week...yet I recall neither event...:rolleyes: