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View Resource NOVA: Sputnik Declassified

The Russian satellite Sputnik was one of the many very visible and tangible markers of the Cold War, and it was effectively the first proverbial shot fired in the so-called "Space Race" during the 1950s and 1960s. Recently, PBS's NOVA program decided to draw on newly released top-secret documents to offer a portrait of this famous satellite and the early days of the Space Race. Visitors can view a...

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/sputnik-declassified....