Artist conception of Sputnik 1 in orbit. Image Credit: Gregory R. Todd

Sputnik 1: Earth’s First Artificial Satellite

On October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union made history when a shiny, metallic sphere known as Sputnik 1 became the first artificial satellite to orbit Earth. While only capable of transmitting a series of beeps, the success of Sputnik greatly concerned the American public, as this was during the height of the Cold War, and […]