Today in History: Sputnik Is Launched

| October 4, 2017

71002_news_219x365Why has man always been fascinated with outer space, our solar system, and possibilities beyond Earth? What does exploration into planets other than our own tell us about ourselves, and how we choose to lead our lives? How can we best apply the lessons learned from space exploration to other significant contexts —  home, classroom, society, world? Do advances in education, including the creation of new learning environments, mirror the spirit and meet the challenge?

On October 4, 1957, the world’s first artificial satellite was launched from Tyuratam in the Kazakh Republic. Weighing a mere 84 pounds, and the size of a beach ball, the Russian Sputnik heralded in the Space Age, if not the “space race”, as it circled Earth once very hour and thirty-six minutes to transmit back radio signals. Orbiting at a speed of 18,000 miles per hour, the Russian satellite set the stage for space exploration and discovery and decades of advancement in science and technology.

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