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Audio Sputnik: Sixty Years Later Museum astrophysicist Michael Shara discusses the legacy of Sputnik, the first man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth, launched... October 5, 2017 Blog Post SKY REPORTER: April Skies Spot satellites and planets in this month's sky. April 14, 2015 Blog Post Back to the Start of Space Race in Beyond Planet Earth On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik-1, the first man-made satellite to successfully orbit the Earth, its beeping... August 8, 2012 Blog Post Beyond Politics: Science Drives Our Future This Op-Ed by Ellen V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History, was recently published in the Huffington Post.The... September 21, 2011 Blog Post Beyond Planet Earth: Starting with Sputnik In December 1957, two months after the launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik 1, the first human-made object to enter space and... December 13, 2011 Article Soviet Space Pioneers The Soviet space program--inspired by earlier Russian visionaries who wrote of multi-stage rockets and Earth-orbiting satellites... Article The Space Race In the late 1950s and early 1960s, against a backdrop of ferocious competition with the United States, the communist Soviet Union... Special Exhibition About the Exhibition Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration, a new exhibition that offers a vision of the future of space travel as it boldly... Article Mars: Past, Present, Future In the early 1900s, some astronomers believed that the color contrasts on Mars' surface were great oceans. Today we know they are...   Beyond Planet Earth Educators Guide