Soviet Dog Cooked in Space Only Got this Lousy Statue

It's the stuff of canine legends. Fifty years ago Laika the dog went from stray zero to hero when the Soviet Union strapped her to Sputnik 2 and launched it into the cold reaches of outer space. The trailblazing pooch, who had a statue to her unveiled in Russia last week, proved that living things could survive in… » 4/13/08 6:00pm 4/13/08 6:00pm

Sputnik Satellite's 50th Anniversary Today

Today is the 50th anniversary of Russia's Sputnik satellite. Sputnik translates into "Traveling companion of the earth", was "23 inches in diameter and 184 pounds, with four feathery antennas swept back like a windblown comb-over from its high-gloss sphere." Some credit the unexpected launch of Sputnik with kicking… » 10/03/07 11:59pm 10/03/07 11:59pm

One Lamp, Twelve Bulbs, Lots of Blindness

With 12 chrome balls and sockets for 12 light bulbs, this sputnik table lamp is perfect for lighting up your desk or a small city. Unfortunately, the bulbs are not included in the €325 (roughly $440 US by Nerd Approved's calculations) price tag, so sending messages to outer space in Morse code by flicking the light on… » 4/29/07 11:15am 4/29/07 11:15am