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    Sputnik's 50th anniversary

    On this day in 1957 Sputnik was launched into orbit, man's first artificial satellite. This led to the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, by the US which led to DARPAnet/ARPAnet which led to the Internet, which led to f88. The US needs a similar program to move towards a non petroleum based economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satan on a stick
    On this day in 1957 Sputnik was launched into orbit, man's first artificial satellite. This led to the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, by the US which led to DARPAnet/ARPAnet which led to the Internet, which led to f88. The US needs a similar program to move towards a non petroleum based economy.

    "Sputnik" is so much cooler than "DARPAnet." My little bro was born a couple of weeks later; we nicknamed him Sputnik.

    I remember looking for Sputnik in the night sky. I liked Sputnik.

    And then they sent Laika (sp?) the dog, to see if she would explode. Didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadHabit
    "Sputnik" is so much cooler than "DARPAnet." My little bro was born a couple of weeks later; we nicknamed him Sputnik.

    I remember looking for Sputnik in the night sky. I liked Sputnik.

    And then they sent Laika (sp?) the dog, to see if she would explode. Didn't.
    Dang! You must as old as me.

    I too thought Sputnik was the coolest thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNPete
    Dang! You must as old as me.

    I too thought Sputnik was the coolest thing.

    Think I got you by a couple years, you old fogey. Yet here we are.

    Still the best-looking satellite I think.

    You reading about "the Elders" in Africa, Pete? What a concept.

    http://www.theelders.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadHabit
    Think I got you by a couple years, you old fogey. Yet here we are.

    Still the best-looking satellite I think.

    You reading about "the Elders" in Africa, Pete? What a concept.

    http://www.theelders.org/
    Took a quick look. Seems like a great concept.


    One thing that I remember from my childhood is the phrase "by the year 2000...." So where is my flying car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNPete
    Took a quick look. Seems like a great concept.


    One thing that I remember from my childhood is the phrase "by the year 2000...." So where is my flying car?
    Right next to your jetpak.

    I was ready for something big in 1984.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadHabit
    "Sputnik" is so much cooler than "DARPAnet." My little bro was born a couple of weeks later; we nicknamed him Sputnik.

    I remember looking for Sputnik in the night sky. I liked Sputnik.

    And then they sent Laika (sp?) the dog, to see if she would explode. Didn't.
    I either heard on the radio or read on the paper that what people actually saw was not Sputnik but the second stage booster rocket.

    Laika died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrozenK
    I either heard on the radio or read on the paper that what people actually saw was not Sputnik but the second stage booster rocket.

    Laika died.
    Yep, read the same thing, but that still must have been something. Seeing a man made object in space with your naked eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrozenK
    I either heard on the radio or read on the paper that what people actually saw was not Sputnik but the second stage booster rocket.

    Laika died.

    What? What?

    I do recall that the pics I saw of happy smiling Laika (least I spelled it right) were prelaunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadHabit
    What? What?

    I do recall that the pics I saw of happy smiling Laika (least I spelled it right) were prelaunch.
    Yep. Laika died, I think during the flight. Overheating apparently.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laika

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