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04-10-04, 05:49

1957: 'Sputnik' satellite blasts into space

A Russian satellite has been launched into space - the first man-made object ever to leave the Earth's atmosphere.

The Russian news agency, Tass, said the satellite 'Sputnik' was now 560 miles (900 kilometres) above the Earth and circling it every hour-and-a-half.

Scientists predict the metal sphere will eventually burn up in the atmosphere but they hope it will send important data back to Earth before doing so.

The Soviet Union and the USA have both committed to launching satellites for research as part of the International Geophysical Year (IGY).

Delegations from both countries' IGY committees were at a reception at the Russian embassy in Washington when news of Sputnik's launch came through.

The chairman of the American IGY committee, Dr Joseph Kaplan, congratulated the Russians on a "remarkable achievement".

The leader of the Russian delegation, Dr A A Blagonravov, who is believed to have been closely involved with the preparations for the launch, described Sputnik as "the simplest kind of baby moon".

He attributed its weight - 180lb (83.5kg) - largely to heavy batteries.

Full old story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/4/newsid_2685000/2685115.stm)

04-10-04, 06:17
Hi Net

You know what is a real worry. I remember the launch.

04-10-04, 06:38
Hi Tramp,

I don't, but I won't rub it in :D

04-10-04, 06:50
Just think Net,

If there were no oldies like me you would not be here. We are a necessary evil. But a lot of us are really pretty cool (old slang expression) after all we still play games. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-2.gif

04-10-04, 07:20
You have too much of a complex about your age. You know we have quite a few older people here who play the games and that's really cool. We'll all be old one day, and I for one like getting older, always have.

04-10-04, 08:25
It was indeed a remarkable achievement, there's still so much to discover out there! ;)

btw Neteru me too on the getting old thing, it means I can do what I want, when I want, with whom I want - well more or less! :D Plus I can spend all my money on games, dvds, and music, well more or less!! :D

04-10-04, 08:54
Well that's good then - more or less. :D

04-10-04, 10:08
:D ......morning, i new there was satelites up there but didnt know which ones and are whos. Thanks.

"On this day, the 4th of july..blah blah" He he, nice one!

04-10-04, 17:30
Woooo! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-5.gif

Go RUSSIA! Give me an R, Give me a U, Give me an S, Give me and S, Give me an I, Give me an A!
What does it spell? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif

Lonely Istari
04-10-04, 17:40
Let's see... Why, that spells Russia of course! hehehe http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-2.gif

Cool aritcle Net! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif We can always use some fun reminders of our history :D

Lonely Istari
04-10-04, 17:44
Btw, Net... when you say "I think. Therefore, I'm spam." do you get that from Monty Python? I'm just wondering because I love Monty Python! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif They were hilarious! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif and I know they had an obsession with Spam. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

05-10-04, 08:55
Hi Lonely http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

The internet term 'spam' is so called after the famous Monty Python spam sketch ("We got spam, spam, spam, spam and spam" :D ). My 'I think therefore I'm spam' is just a play on the Decartes quote Cogito Ergo Sum = I think, therefor I am. But I don't know if it was actually used by the Monty Python team, though I wouldn't be surprised if it was.

I too am a lover of Monty Python and have just bought on DVD The Holy Grail and The Life of Brian. Excellent stuff! :D

[ 05. October 2004, 09:57: Message edited by: Neteru ]

Lonely Istari
06-10-04, 22:11
Evening Neteru http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

That is awesome... I knew it was a play off of Decartes' famous line. (infact, we just dicussed that not too long ago in my philosophy class http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif )

It's great to meet another fellow Pythoner! I have the Holy Grail on DVD also :D I've seen "Something Completely Different" and I loved it! it is so hilarious! I have yet to see the Life of Brian, but I have seen the "Meaning of Life." HILARIOUS http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

"Know what I mean? Nudge, Nudge, Say no more!" -Eric Idle

06-10-04, 22:30
wink! wink! :D

07-10-04, 10:14
lmao eh eh, nudge nudge, wink wink, s a y n o m o r e ;) So funny. Hey Istari, you'll love Life of Brian. I think it's the best one.

"Ees not the messiah, ees a very naughty boy!" Oh you gotta get it just to know what I'm talking about.

07-10-04, 10:23
"Mr Death, is there an after-life?" :D

I love the scene where that line is heard in "Meaning of Life" :D I remember watching the trailer of the movie, which concluded in a line that went like this: "There is death after life" :D

My favorite MP movies are "Time Bandits" and "Jabberwocky", though http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

07-10-04, 15:24
On this day... I was born:)

07-10-04, 16:27
Originally posted by SpArKy:
:D ......morning, i new there was satelites up there but didnt know which ones and are whos. Thanks.

"On this day, the 4th of july..blah blah" He he, nice one!There are thousands up there now.