Sherman, set the way-back machine to 1957. October 4th.
First day of the space age, with the launch of Sputnik. 50 yrs ago. I actually remember (as a 4 year-old) my dad giving me a "Sputnik" made of a balloon and four straws, before going to my grandparents' place for dinner. You blew up the balloon and taped on the straws. The balloon had the innards of the Sputnik printed on it. I also remember how the straws broke off as I tried to rotate the thing.
- NASA anniversary intro
- Wikipedia for Sputnik
(Note - the name Sputnik means "fellow traveller" - a term synonymous with Comrade)
- Google search for Sputnik Anniversary
PS - Now the US has a next-generation moonshot/moon base effort underway. With all the hype about the war, I bet you, dear reader, are not aware of it! Thankfully, the original Website is archived. Maybe NASA is trying to distance itself from it.