n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Amateur space detectives : observers page

Volume 68, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



In October 1957 the first artificial earth satellite was launched. Most of the world was prepared for this and expected it to be launched by the United States as much fanfare had been made about it. However the free world was shocked when the USSR was the first nation to accomplish this momentous achievement, despite having announced their intentions well beforehand. Their announcement appeared to be basically ignored so when the actual launch occurred the western world was totally unprepared and there was a wild scramble to gather data on the satellite.

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