The Space Race that began the 1950s, saw the Soviet Union and United States competing to send the first artificial satellite into orbit. Take a look at the infographic with the history of satellites from 1950-1978…
By 1957 the first stage of the race had been won, with the Soviet Union launching Sputnik.
Made possible by advances in technology, Sputnik was only the beginning and since then the number of satellites in orbit has rocketed, with over 6,000 being launched in the years that have followed.
The early years of satellites were arguably the most exciting with many countries impatient to launch their first satellite. Between 1957 and 1978, the world saw a series of space related firsts with pioneering work paving the way for Yuri Gagarin to be the first man in space and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to become the first men to walk on the moon.
Not only have artificial satellites enabled us to learn more about earth and space, but they have also had a profound effect on everyday 21st Century life. Everything from watching television and using GPS to reading a map and checking the weather forecast are down to satellites and their steady evolution since the late 1950s. Here we take a look at the beginnings of satellites, from Sputnik to Magion 1 and the all of the most notable in between – the results are out of this world!