Thursday, October 04, 2007

Happy Sputnikaversary, everybody

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Sputnik launch that opened the space age, with officials seeking to revive the glory of the Soviet program, although some experts worry about a loss of momentum for new missions.

Goose-stepping guards and medal-bedecked space veterans laid flowers at the tomb of the father of the Soviet space program, Sergei Korolyov, at the foot of the Kremlin wall.

"We are rightly proud that it was our nation that opened the way to stars for the humanity," President Vladimir Putin said in a statement marking the launch of Sputnik, Earth's first artificial satellite, on Oct. 4, 1957.

The launch of the beachball-sized satellite caused a global furor and prompted the U.S. to build up its own space program quickly, entering a race it ultimately won when Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in July 1969.


mogeco said...


I'm an architect looking for a Goode-Homolosine or a Dymaxion Buckminster Fuller digital projection map of the world (europe centered), based on a satellite map or a World satellite map. We do not need some datas like country borders, city names, hygways etc. As we would need to print it out at large scale (5,50 mt wide) a vectorial file should be best, but a very good quality raster file would do as well.

is there someone who know how to help me????????

Kind regards,

Leonardo De Marchi

Anonymous said...

Hey man, That's funny... Kind of weird tough.