Thursday, October 4, 2007
Russia Marks 50 Years of Sputnik
Sputnik's launch began the superpower space race. Ceremonies are being held in Russia to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the space age, the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik. Former Soviet cosmonauts, engineers and officials are taking part in events recalling what is considered one of the most significant moments in history. The launch was a propaganda coup for the Soviet Union during the Cold War and began the space race with the US. After years of decline, Russia is back in the space game with ambitious plans.