Sputnik: The Shock of the Century

December 07, 2001
 
Sputnik 1 satellite

NASA

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched what would be the first man-made object to enter space. In this interview on Focus, we explore the dramatic history of Sputnik's launch, the instantaneous impact it made on the next decade to come, and the developments that brought America into the space race. 

Guest: Paul Dickson, author of Sputnik: The Shock of the Century.