A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Sputnik

Sputnik On 4 October 1957, the Soviet Union placed the first manmade satellite, Sputnik I, into orbit. On 3 November it orbited a dog on Sputnik II. When the US attempted to launch its own satellite on 6 December, the booster rocket exploded. Sputnik began the space race between the US and the USSR by sparking a rapid expansion of funding for missile research and creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The US also increased funding for college education by the National Defense Education Act.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Sputnik," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed April 13, 2024, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=WD1KXK6NVND8D5G.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Sputnik." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 13 Apr. 2024. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=WD1KXK6NVND8D5G.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Sputnik' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 13 April 2024, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=WD1KXK6NVND8D5G.