Sputnik: The Launch of the Soviet Sputnik Satellite, the First Satellite in Space, the Number of Satellites in Orbit During the Modern Day, the Date the American’s Discovered Sputnik, and Sputnik Acting as the Catalyst for the Formation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Sputnik, which means "traveling companion" in Russian, was launched in 1957. It was the first satellite in space. During the modern day, there are over 1200 satellites orbiting the Earth, 50% of which are owned by the US. Sputnik was observed by the Americans on October 4, 1957 and 1 year and 1 week later,  the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was formed because the United States understood the consequence of allowing the Soviets to win the Space Race...

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