Today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik by what was then the Soviet Union.
It’s the date that the first man-made object was placed in to geocentric orbit, going around the world in a elliptical path.
The achievement was a huge publicity and psychological coup by the Russian over the United States.
The rocket used, the R-7 Semyorka, was a modified version of their first intercontinental missile, originally designed to carry a nuclear payload.
Russian went on to achieve putting the first living creature into orbit and the first space walk too (Alexei Leonov).
Following fast on the heals of Sputnik 1’s launch was the logically named Sputnik 2. It’s claim to fame was carrying the first living passenger into orbit, a dog named Laika.
Never slow to promote the scientific advancement of mankind, Goggle are marking the occasion with an adoption of their logo – featuring, not surprisingly, Sputnik 1 shooting around the earth.