On this day in history…
January 4, 1958 – The Soviet satellite Sputknik I fell to the earth from its orbit.
The craft had been launched three months previously, on October 4, 1957. The world’s first artificial Earth satellite was a major technical and political achievement by the Soviet Union.More information concerning the Sputnik satellites can be found at – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sputnik_1
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