October 4, 1957: Sputnik beeps out a cheerful declaration of survival in the harshest of environments as the first artificial satellite to successfully orbit the Earth.
That's some serious military hardware parading down city streets, but no, this isn't Moscow's Red Square—it's Long Beach, California.
Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Echo 1, history's first passive satellite. NASA's Echo mission began rather poorly. A test launch had exploded so brightly, so spectacularly, that it prompted frightened calls up and down the entire eastern seaboard.
We feature many concepts here at Gizmodo, it's great to actually see something put into production. This Sputnik watch has an inverted LCD screen, and displays the time and date, plus has an alarm and stopwatch. Not bad for $40.
History's worst rocket tragedy actually occurred on the ground, in 1960, when the Soviets were experimenting with a dangerous new fuel. Piers Bizony chronicles it in his upcoming book, How To Build Your Own Spaceship:
Are you obsessed with Sputnik, the Space Race, Googie architecture and radioactive powers for superheroes? Look out, it seems like your fetish is about to get a name: "Atompunk."
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…
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…
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…