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In Sputnik's shadow

Wernher von Braun, rocket man and 1950s television personality. Wernher von Braun, rocket man and 1950s television personality. (The New York Times)
October 4, 2007

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FOR MANY of our readers, the launch of Sputnik in 1957 is a memory about as distant as the invention of the electric light. But not for me. I was 11 years old on Oct. 4, 1957, intensely interested in foreign events and spaceflight, and I remember the news as a mixture of excitement and fear. (Full article: 889 words)

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