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Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Space Age is Fifty

Happy Sputnik Day, boys and girls!

The launch of Sputnik 1 is the first historical event I actually remember. If you want to know what I think about it fifty years later, you can drop by at Satellite 1 in Glasgow this Saturday. I'm a GoH, on a couple of panels, and hope to be there through to the Dead Laika Party.

In other local news, the Space Settlers Society is celebrating tonight in Glasgow (scroll down).

Those who can't be there can still raise a glass to the memory of the Chief Designer.


Here's a picture of the birthday boy:

Funny, isn't it how those involved in the space race in a way had their own international... even if they never met and in some cases only had the most minimal knowledge of each other (as those in the US did about Korolyov).

Speaking of remembering the space race as a part of one's own links to remembered history, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins were my first memory of that sort.

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