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Eric Schmidt Says Google News Will 'Engineer' Russian Propaganda Out of the Feed

“It’s basically RT and Sputnik,” he said on Saturday.
Justin Ling
Sputnik Turns 60

How Dreams of Spacefaring Zombies Led to the Launch of Sputnik

What, you think there’s enough room on Earth for everyone who has ever lived? No way, we need a spaceship stat.
Becky Ferreira

Watch the Spectacular Inferno of America’s First Satellite Attempt

The story of ‘Kaputnik,’ the failed American answer to Sputnik.
Becky Ferreira
All in Your Head

Ghosts in the Roscosmos

Conspiracy theorists ask: How many cosmonauts were really claimed by the early Soviet Space Program?
Daniel Oberhaus

On the Anniversary of Sputnik, Here’s What the Probe Actually Discovered

The satellite is often remembered more as a cultural event than as a bonafide scientific experiment.
Becky Ferreira

​Why We Still Want Laika the Space Dog to Come Home

57 years ago, a Muscovite street dog became the world’s first orbital explorer. She also suffered for our gain.
Becky Ferreira

How Sputnik Popularized the Venn Diagram

A quick history of similarities and differences, in honor of the birth of the (sort of) inventor of the Venn diagram.
Becky Ferreira
Motherboard Blog

The Clunky Little Ball That Caused Mass Hysteria

This October 4th marks the 55th anniversary of the Soviet Union launching Sputnik, history’s first artificial satellite. It was a momentous occasion, to be sure. But at the time, the Soviet and U.S. responses couldn’t have been more different: While...
Amy Teitel
Motherboard Blog

Laika, the "Muttnik" Dog Who Died So We Could Go To Space

Fifty four years ago this week, on November 3rd 1957, the Soviet government launched Sputnik 2. Inside was Laika, the first traveler to voyage beyond our planet's protective embrace. Alongside the specter of Soviet domination and world war, her mission...
Motherboard Blog

On Its Anniversary, Remembering the Beeping Fear of Sputnik

Fifty-four years ago this week, people throughout America were searching for a flashing dot among the stars every night and tuning their radios to hear the first sound to reach Earth from space.
Amy Shira Teitel
Motherboard Blog

How Not to Win the Future

On Tuesday night, in the middle of his State of the Union address, President Obama pricked up ears with some Russian. It was the Russki word for “traveling companion,” or “satellite”: “This is our generation’s Sputnik Moment,” he said.