Thursday, October 04, 2007

beep... beep... beep....

50 years ago today, man made his first significant achievement, in the greatest chase for glory in the history of civilization.

October 4th 1957, Sputnik 1, "co-traveler", the first man made object to successfully achieve earth orbit was launched from what would become Baikonur cosmodrome.

It has been said of the atomic weapons race, the missile race, and the space race, that "Our Germans were better than their Germans"; in reference to the fact that the majority of our atomic and rocket scientists were German or AUstrian, or had fled from the path of the Nazis.

Well, they were right, our Germans WERE better than their Germans; but this one was a Russian achievement. Spasibo Sergei Korolev.