Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sputnik Launch Memories Wanted

Sputnik was the first manmade satellite, launched by the
Soviet Union in 1957 (NASA photo)
A museum in England is looking for people willing to share their memories of the launch of Sputnik by the then-Soviet Union in 1957. According to the ARRL, the Scott Polar Research Institute Polar Museum at Cambridge University is putting together an exhibition to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) in 1957-58. Its focus will be on Sputnik, the establishment of scientific bases in Antarctica and the people involved in IGY research. 

Noting that "many thousands of people from all of the world" were involved in IGY activities, museum Curator Charlotte Connelly said, "We'd like to capture some of those experiences … and show the phenomenal reach of this important moment for global science." 

Anyone interested in sharing a Sputnik story – or perhaps other IGY-related stories – should e-mail Connelly at <>.