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  • 1957
    Sputnik 1 Launch
    Americans spot Russian man-moon newspaper headline

    The Soviets launched the world's first artificial Earth satellite. It completed 1440 orbits before burning up while re-entering Earth's atmosphere Jan. 4, 1958.

  • 1957
    Viewing Sputnik 1
    People around machines monitoring sputnik

    Geophysical Institute researchers are the first in North America to view Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to be launched into Earth's orbit by the Soviet Union. This same GI team also receives signals from the satellite at Ballaine Lake data receiving facilities.