October 04, 2002

Space race joined


Today is the 45th anniversary of the launch of that little item above. Here's a perspective from five years ago. A summary of the National Defense Education Act of 1958 (mentioned by Doris Kearns Goodwin) gives some idea of the government reaction. Notice the loyalty oath.

NPR had a reminiscence from Walter Cronkite today on All Things Considered; it was interesting to hear his viewpoint, complete with contemporaneous clips.

Posted by Linkmeister at October 4, 2002 04:12 PM

Doesn't Sputnik look like it should be able to land and then walk around on it's little pointy "legs"? And threaten people? Ok, so it's smaller than a basketball - it could still be a fiercesome space spider! *rrrrr!*

Posted by: batgrl at October 8, 2002 09:54 AM

Batty, the escape from Lili has made you giddy, I think.

Posted by: Linkmeister at October 8, 2002 11:36 AM