Baikonur Cosmodrome

I found this 2001 Air & Space article during my research about Sputnik-1, the world’s first artificial satellite. It’s a very good first person account of a visit out to the Baikonur Cosmodrome and some of the run-ups and rituals for launching from there. The writer was there for a launch of the first permanent International Space […]

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The History of Soviet Space Dogskis

There were a couple of Soviet space history posts published on The Guardian’s pages on 1 Sept.  Both talk about the dogs for the Soviet space program.  However, this one talks about the Soviet Union’s odd hero-worship of the dogs that were sent into space through their space program.  The post also mentions some of […]

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28 Years of Satellite Highlights

Please don’t blame me for the poster’s length.  Sure, the above poster is an advertisement for Broadbandwherever, and it’s only for the first 28 years of satellite history, but it’s interesting and pretty nonetheless. It also shows the progression of capability endowed to each generation of satellites through the years.  From the beeping Soviet Sputnik […]

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Explorer 1, the First US Satellite

January 31st, 1958.  56 years ago, and the United States had finally succeeded in launching its own satellite, the Explorer 1.  According to this Yahoo! Travel post, the launch of Explorer 1 was linked to the International Geophysical Year (IGY).  The big deal about that, as explained in this wiki entry, is the IGY marked the beginning […]

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