Project 22 – 4 October 2007

Sputnik 1, as drawn on my whiteboard

Fifty years ago today, the first man-made object orbited the Earth. This first satellite changed the world–suddenly, the heavens were very much in reach. Today, we take satellites for granted. We rely on them, even, for near instantaneous communication, for guidance, for broadcast, and for fun. We’ve come a very long way in fifty years. Thank you, Sputnik.

(And, lest anyone worry that I have not fulfilled my terms by calling this a photo of the day: fear not! This is a photo. Just a photo of a drawing on my whiteboard at work. Yes. Geek. I know.)

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