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There was instant global awe for the Soviet satellite, just under 2 feet in diameter, which circled the earth every 96 minutes. It was the beginning of the space age, but it wasn’t just a technological marvel: it had a lasting impact on American culture, language, and design. Richard Paul looks into why Sputnik has never really left our orbit.

Music Playlist

  1. Sputnik Satellite Girl

    Artist: Jerry Engler and the Four Ekkos
    Album: Very Jerry
    Label: TSA
  2. Beep! Beep!

    Artist: Louis Prima
    Album: Capitol Collectors Series: Louis Prima
    Label: Capitol
  3. Satellite Baby

    Artist: Roosevelt Sykes
    Album: The Honeydripper
    Label: OBC