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Happy birthday Sputnik!

Astronaut Helen Sharman discusses the enormous symbolic significance of the satellite

Sixty years ago today the space race started with a bang when the then Soviet Union launched the world's first artificial satellite - Sputnik.

The first British astronaut, Helen Sharman and curator of the Science Museum's Cosmonaut exhibition Doug Millard discuss the enormous symbolic significance of the satellite.

(Image: Sputnik. Credit: BBC)

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