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Sputnik I: for the 50th anniversary of the first launch
Rome, Italy - The project history started on May 27th, 1954
On occasion of the International Geophysical Year, the R-7 rocket, the first intercontinental ballistic missile, put into orbit the first satellite in history on October 4th, 1957, from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The first satellite was 58,42 cm in diameter and weighted approximately 83.46 kg, composed by two metallic half-spheres hermetically sealed. Four antennas were connected to the...
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency