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Ron,Ar    Posted 08-20-2003 at 16:02:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I saw something on the history channel today. How many of you can say you actually saw "Sputnik"?
I remember dad getting us out of bed in the middle of the night. We went out in the backyard, pitch dark and watched that thing. Have not thought of it in years.


ECHO,,,ECHO-2    Posted 08-21-2003 at 00:01:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I seam to remember a satilite named ECHO, actually a large silver coated mylar ballon, they reflected radio signals back to earth with.
Well that's what I remember from lying in the back yard watching the skies for the fast moving one.

ATW/WA


Hal/WA    Posted 08-21-2003 at 18:27:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
ECHO was very easy to see crossing the night sky. I don't remember just when it was up there, but I think it was about 1960, or so. It was a huge metallic balloon that our scientists bounced signals off of, as a very primative communications sattellite. As I remember it, ECHO looked like a fairly bright star, but moved across the sky from horizon to horizon in only a few minutes.

I remember when sputnik was launched and the concern that people had about the Soviets having a rocket that was capable of putting something in orbit, as such a rocket obviously would be capable of sending very dangerous cargoes over the United States. Sputnik was a huge technological achievement, but the satellite itself was just a little metal sphere with a radio transmitter that put out a beep signal and really didn't do anything else.

I think I have read that Sputnik was about basketball sized. I sure never was able to see it and I looked for it. I think it was just too small and too far away. Besides ECHO, I think the only man-made orbiting object I ever was able to pick out with the naked eye was Skylab, in the 70's. Maybe the current space station could be found, but I have not tried for awhile.


Maggie/TX    Posted 08-20-2003 at 18:33:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I saw it. At least I think I did. I remember we went out on the front steps and looked for it and it was a really big deal to my parents, so that made me remember it. It just looked like a star that was moving.

Wasn't too many years after that we were having drills at school about how to get under our desks in case of an attack by Russia.


Steve from Tn    Posted 08-20-2003 at 18:29:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can remember sitting out on the front porch and watching Telstar go over. I think it took about 2 and 1/2 hrs. to make the trip around the world. Always made me feel small gazing up into the heavens.


Maggie/TX    Posted 08-20-2003 at 18:35:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep! I remember that one too. :)


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