Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Hail Sputnik ! (October 4, 1957)

The Soviet Union inaugurates the "Space Age" with its launch of Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite. It was named Sputnik after the Russian word for "satellite."

The Soviet space program went on to achieve a series of other space firsts in the late 1950s and early 1960s: first dog in space, first man, first woman, first three men, first space walk, first spacecraft to impact the moon, first to orbit the moon, first to impact Venus, and first craft to soft-land on the moon.

Class-Struggle hails Sputnik, an advancement like many others in the former USSR, made possible by the 1917 Russian workers revolution which laid the foundation for such progress through the establishment of a centralized planned economy. Hail Sputnik!

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