Sputnik 1 launch anniversary; motion picture of its rocket in orbit

From: Ted Molczan via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:19:32 -0400
Sputnik 1 was launched 60 years ago today, giving birth to the space age and
our hobby.

A few years ago, I published a video of what may be the only surviving
motion picture of Sputnik 1's rocket body in orbit, available here along
with the story behind it:

http://www.satobs.org/sputnik1rocketbaltimore.html

As discussed in Section 4, the project was an early demonstration of
electro-optical satellite tracking with a highly sensitive TV camera tube,
long before the technology was practical.

Ted Molczan


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