03 October 2007

Another technological anniversary

This time, it's the 50th anniversary of the first man-made satellite, Sputnik, as of tomorrow.

It not only put the human race beyond the Earth's atmosphere, but also created the Cold War space race, where the Soviets got a head start with Sputnik and Vostok, but the US triumphed with manned Moon flights (Apollo). The race continued with Soviet emphasis on long-term space station stays and American emphasis on reusable space shuttles, and now, with the Cold War over, the technologies are coming together for the International Space Station and beyond.