Another space milestone anniversary - the Sputnik launch

JRS

JRS

Soldato
Joined
6 Jun 2004
Posts
19,577
Location
Burton-on-Trent
On October 4th 1957, the Space Race started for real. The Soviet rocket expert Sergei Korolev and his team launched a 184lb satellite from Baikonur using an R-7 ICBM. The first man-made satellite in Earth orbit, it was used to get information about the electron density of the ionosphere. It pretty much flew the Americans into a panic :)
 
Soldato
Joined
26 Dec 2005
Posts
16,132
Location
Paisley
JRS said:
Heh :)

Do you remember the second launch in November that year that sent Laika up then? Apparently that caused a bit of a ruck with animal rights groups.

I dont think it caused a ruck in the Soviet Union, i know when Ham and Enos went into space, that caused quite a few problems for the Americans, one of the monkeys pulled their catheter out too, which is just... ouch...
 

JRS

JRS

Soldato
OP
Joined
6 Jun 2004
Posts
19,577
Location
Burton-on-Trent
InwardSinging said:
I dont think it caused a ruck in the Soviet Union

Yeah, not many people in the Union questioned it, but apparently there were protests elsewhere.

In the United Kingdom, the National Canine Defence League called on all dog owners to observe a minute's silence, while the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) received protests even before the Soviet Union had finished announcing the mission's success. Animal rights groups at the time called on members of the public to protest at Soviet embassies.

From the Wiki page about the mission.
 
Back
Top Bottom