Today is the 55th anniversary of Sputnik. The first man made object to orbit the earth, Sputnik blazed the way and ushered in the Space Race. Lets take time out today to celebrate with all things Sputnik.

Here are ten to get you started

1. Build a Sputnik and here

2. Build the rocket that launched Sputnik (from my Ultimate Paper Rocket Guide)

3. Buy a model

4. Go out tonight and try to observe a current satellite passing over

5. Read a book 2 4

6. Watch a movie

7. Sputnik T-Shirts  and more here

8. Buy a commemorative pin from the Soviet Space Program

9. Knit a Sputnik

10. Buy a Sputnik memo holder

Here are some related video clips:

News Reel

Sputnik Mania Trailer

Phillipus Lansbergen has added both a paper Sputnik model and a R7 paper model to it’s ever growing list of real space paper models. In honor of the Sputnik anniversary these models became available on Oct. 4th. The Phillipus Lansbergen Public Observatory has been a great source of paper models for the rocketry community.Here is a little info on Phillipus Lansbergen:

“The Philippus Lansbergen Public Observatory Foundation is located at the Herengracht 52 in Middelburg, the Netherlands, and our professional observatory is in Oostkapelle. Although our professional observatory is not open to the pubic, due to the delicate and valuable equipment located there, our location at the Herengracht is open to the public every friday night. Our backgarden is available to show people a glimpse of the universe through our telescopes.”

The models are available here. (click on models)


Of course you realize at this point that the great 50th anniversary of Sputnik happens on October 4th. So as a space enthusiast, how can you celebrate the orb that ushered in the space race and birth of the age of rockets? There are several possibilities.

1. Build a Sputnik

2. Build the rocket that launched Sputnik (from my Ultimate Paper Rocket Guide)

3. Buy a model

4. Go out on the night of the 4th and try to observe a current satellite passing over

5. Read a book 1 2 3 4

6. Get a T-Shirt

7. Read about Sputnik in the News

8. Read about Sputnik in Blogs

9. Knit a Sputnik

10. Throw a Sputnik Party

Here are some related video clips:

Universal News Reel

Sputnik 50 years


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