Sputnik 1, first journey into space.

Objects from this contributor

Sputnik 1, first journey into space.

Sputnik 1 was the object that began the era of space exploration when it was launched from the USSR in 1957. Many people will remember the wonder of hearing the regular 'beeps' of the radio signal transmitted from Sputnik as it orbited Earth, sounding rather plaintive and lonely.

This little momento of that marker in history, when human beings realized the ability to explore beyond our planet into space, was most probably given to my parents by students from the USSR, a group of whom came to Cambridge each year, in that uneasy period, to learn English, and who were provided with lodgings in local homes. It therefore speaks of the great shifts of perspective that come to human society at times, but also of the ever present possibility communication and relationships between people.

Comments are closed for this object

Most of the content on A History of the World is created by the contributors, who are the museums and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC or the British Museum. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site’s House Rules please Flag This Object.

About this object

Click a button to explore other objects in the timeline

Location

The Soviet Union

Culture
Period
Theme
Size
H:
3.5cm
W:
7.5cm
D:
5.0cm
Colour
Material

View more objects from people in Cambridgeshire.

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.