Sputnik at 50: Looking Back at the Space Race On Oct. 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched into orbit a beeping metal ball that grabbed the world's attention. Sputnik I, the first man-made satellite, heightened Cold War tensions, shocking the United States into the space race and sparking a revolution in American science education.
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Sputnik at 50: Looking Back at the Space Race

On Oct. 4, 1957, the Soviets launched into orbit a metal ball that grabbed the world's attention.