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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Sputnik Celebrations Being Planned for October 4, 2007

October 4, 2007 with mark the 50th anniversary of the dawn of the Space Age and the 1957 launch of the Soviet-era Sputnik-1 spacecraft. Space enthusiasts and scientists are planning many different celebrations, events, films, lectures, stamps, and other activities to mark the event. You may even watch the October 4, 1957 news reel about Sputnik and hear its signals.

Europe will launch 50 ultra-small satellites this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sputnik. each nanosatellite will weigh only about 1 kilogram and represent a single nation. Arianespace will launch all 50 of the nanosats in a single payload. The nanosats will stay in orbit for about 2 years and will perform experiments chosen and designed by each individual country. For the first time in history, 50 different countries will have the opportunity to do space research, and probably at little cost.

If you become aware of Sputnik commeration events, please share them.


Anonymous said...

Hi, I am part of a team making a feature documentary about Sputnik, set to premiere for the 50th anniversary in October.

The film uses all original footage, some never before seen, as well as interviews with key players.

It is directed by David Hoffman ("Moonshot"), narrated by Mark Shields of PBS, and based on the book by Paul Dickson, Sputnik: The Shock of the Century.

Please spread the word, and check it out at


Anonymous said...

Sorry - just followed the films link. Glad to see we're on there. ;0)