Mint Stamps Honor the Soviet Union’s
First Sputnik Missions
The space race official began when the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik I satellite, the first man-made object in space, on October 4, 1957. It was about the size of a beach ball and had four flimsy metal antennae that resembled whiskers trailing behind it as it flew overhead. But this seemingly harmless contraption sent the United States into a panic and gave the Soviet Union the first victory in the Space Race.
The Soviets made history one month later on November 3, 1957 with the launch of Sputnik II. That flight carried the first animal into Earth’s orbit, a dog named Laika. The purpose of the experiment was to see if a person could survive entering space. Unfortunately, Laika died shortly into the flight, likely from overheating. But the test proved it was possible for a living mammal to survive the launch and paved the way for future human missions.
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