A blast from the past

From: Bryan Dort (bdort@yahoo.com)
Date: Fri Oct 20 2000 - 14:38:07 PDT

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    Our local newspaper recently celebrated their 100 anniversary by publishing
    selected front pages from the last 100 years.  Here is a little nostalgia with
    the leading story from The Alpena News, October 7, 1957:
    
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    ROCKET ALSO CIRCLING EARTH
    
    London – Moscow Radio announced today that part of the missile which launched
    Russia’s satellite is also encircling the earth in a moon-like orbit of its
    own.
    
    The last stage of the rocket apparently was caught in space and became a second
    satellite.
    
    “It is not only the satellite which is being watched,” Moscow radio said, “but
    also the rocket that carried it into the orbit.
    
    “This rocket is also encircling the earth at approximately the same altitude as
    the satellite.
    
    “But it is separated from it by some 1,000 kilometers (680 miles).  The
    distance will alter in the future.”
    
    This announcement was the latest in Russia’s stepped-up scientific and
    propaganda battle with the West.  Shortly before, it reported it had exploded a
    “new” hydrogen warhead on Sunday.  This came only a few days behind Moscow’s
    achievement of launching the first satellite into outer space.
    
    Today’s announcement came as American scientists in Barcelona, Spain, reported
    Soviet scientists far along in studies of a space ship that can visit the moon
    and return.  The Russians reports Soviet armed forces volunteers already were
    undergoing space travel tests.
    
    The scientists are attending the eight International Astronautical Congress in
    Barcelona.
    
    Thousands of persons in Australia reported they had seen the sparkling Soviet
    satellite as it streaked over the Southern Hemisphere today.  Moscow Radio
    reported that many Russians also had seen it.
    
    U.S. scientists expected to bring it under scrutiny of powerful telescopes when
    its orbit swings over the United States during the hours of dawn or dusk in
    about a week.  At that time it may also be visible to the naked eye in the
    United States, scientists said.
    
    Telescopes will give the U.S. scientists a close-up view of the Russian globe.
    
    A spokesman for the U.S. satellite project said the artificial moon’s orbit is
    not “fairly accurately fixed” and can be predicted up to a week in the future.
    
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    Bryan Dort - bdort@yahoo.com
    Alpena, MI  USA
    45.0524N 83.4575W 200m
    
    
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