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Sputnik Gallery

Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, was launched by the Soviet Union on October 4th, 1957

Choose from 77 items in our Sputnik Collection for your Wall Art and Photo Gifts


Sputnik Gallery: Laika the space dog postcard
Laika the space dog postcard
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik 1 stamp
Sputnik 1 stamp
Sputnik Gallery: Laika the space dog
Laika the space dog
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik 1 launch
Sputnik 1 launch
Sputnik Gallery: Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, Soviet engineer
Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, Soviet engineer
Sputnik Gallery: A model of Sputnik 1. Photograph, 1957
A model of Sputnik 1. Photograph, 1957
Sputnik Gallery: Belka, Soviet space dog, after the mission
Belka, Soviet space dog, after the mission
Sputnik Gallery: Orbit of Sputnik 1, Soviet 1957 diagram
Orbit of Sputnik 1, Soviet 1957 diagram
Sputnik Gallery: Laika the space dog
Laika the space dog
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik 1 postcard
Sputnik 1 postcard
Sputnik Gallery: Vostok 1 Soviet spacecraft
Vostok 1 Soviet spacecraft
Sputnik Gallery: Vostok rocket, Moscow, Russia
Vostok rocket, Moscow, Russia
Sputnik Gallery: Explorer 1 in orbit
Explorer 1 in orbit
Sputnik Gallery: Soviet satellite monitoring, 1958
Soviet satellite monitoring, 1958
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik 1 rocket track
Sputnik 1 rocket track
Sputnik Gallery: Explorer 1 in orbit, artwork
Explorer 1 in orbit, artwork
Sputnik Gallery: Explorer 1
Explorer 1
Sputnik Gallery: Explorer 1 in orbit
Explorer 1 in orbit
Sputnik Gallery: Explorer 1 in orbit
Explorer 1 in orbit
Sputnik Gallery: Sergei Korolev, Soviet rocket scientist
Sergei Korolev, Soviet rocket scientist
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik 1 satellite, composite image
Sputnik 1 satellite, composite image
Sputnik Gallery: First animal in space: Laika the Soviet space dog
First animal in space: Laika the Soviet space dog
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik 3 in orbit, 1958 C016 / 6375
Sputnik 3 in orbit, 1958 C016 / 6375
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik 3 C016 / 6373
Sputnik 3 C016 / 6373
Sputnik Gallery: Chernushka, Soviet space dog
Chernushka, Soviet space dog
Sputnik Gallery: Model of Sputnik 2
Model of Sputnik 2
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik virophage particle, artwork
Sputnik virophage particle, artwork
Sputnik Gallery: Virophage Sputnik, artwork F007 / 7851
Virophage Sputnik, artwork F007 / 7851
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik virophage particle F005 / 0705
Sputnik virophage particle F005 / 0705
Sputnik Gallery: Sergei Korolev in 1934
Sergei Korolev in 1934
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik 3 in orbit, 1958 C016 / 6374
Sputnik 3 in orbit, 1958 C016 / 6374
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik-type capsule in Baikonur museum
Sputnik-type capsule in Baikonur museum
Sputnik Gallery: Konstantin Feoktistov, Soviet cosmonaut
Konstantin Feoktistov, Soviet cosmonaut
Sputnik Gallery: Laika, the first animal in space
Laika, the first animal in space
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik model in Baikonur museum
Sputnik model in Baikonur museum
Sputnik Gallery: Second animals in space: Soviet space dogs
Second animals in space: Soviet space dogs
Sputnik Gallery: Testing of electrics in SL-4 (Soyuz) launcher
Testing of electrics in SL-4 (Soyuz) launcher
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik 1
Sputnik 1
Sputnik Gallery: Soviet Sputnik 4 stamp, 1960
Soviet Sputnik 4 stamp, 1960
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik 3-1
Sputnik 3-1
Sputnik Gallery: Belka, Soviet space dog, in a spacesuit
Belka, Soviet space dog, in a spacesuit
Sputnik Gallery: Sputnik 1 satellite
Sputnik 1 satellite
Sputnik Gallery: US Newspaper article on Russian space age
US Newspaper article on Russian space age
Sputnik Gallery: Explorer 1 launch
Explorer 1 launch
Sputnik Gallery: Soviet space poster
Soviet space poster
Sputnik Gallery: Explorer 1
Explorer 1
Sputnik Gallery: Rocket launchpad
Rocket launchpad
Sputnik Gallery: Space dogs
Space dogs

Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, was launched by the Soviet Union on October 4th, 1957. This event marked a major milestone in space exploration science and technology. Sputnik was a small metal sphere about the size of a beach ball with four antennae protruding from it. It orbited Earth for three weeks before burning up upon re-entry into the atmosphere.

The launch of Sputnik sparked an international race to explore outer space and develop new technologies for space travel. In response to this challenge, President Dwight D Eisenhower created NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in 1958 to oversee all U.S.-based space exploration activities. The U.S., along with other countries around the world, began launching their own satellites into orbit as well as sending unmanned probes to explore other planets in our solar system such as Venus and Mars.

Since its launch more than 60 years ago, Sputnik has had an enormous impact on our understanding of science and technology related to space exploration. Its success demonstrated that it was possible for humans to send objects beyond Earth’s atmosphere and opened up new possibilities for research into astronomy, physics, mathematics and engineering related fields of study that are still being explored today through various missions such as those conducted by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope or SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launches .

In addition to its scientific contributions, Sputnik also had significant geopolitical implications at the time due to its Cold War context; it was seen by many as evidence of Soviet technological superiority over their American counterparts which led both countries down a path towards increased militarization in order protect their respective interests in outer space . This competition between two superpowers eventually led us towards what is now known as “the Space Race” which resulted in many technological advancements that have benefited humanity greatly since then including satellite communications systems , GPS navigation systems , weather forecasting tools , etc .

Overall , Sputnik has been one of mankind's most important achievements when it comes to exploring outer space; not only did it open up new avenues for scientific research but also provided us with valuable insights into geopolitics during this era . As we continue our journey towards furthering human knowledge about our universe through advances made possible by this historic mission , we can only hope that future generations will be able look back fondly at how far we have come since then .

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