The Space Age Turns 50 - Ideas of Space Flight from the Early 20th Century
A Planetarium Show Presented at
the ETSU Planetarium
September 20, 2007
A Model of the Sputnik Satellite
50 years ago this October 4th, the world was shocked by the announcement that the Soviet Union had put an artificial satellite in orbit. The satellite was named Sputnik 1 and this date, October 4, 1957, marks the beginning of the space age. In this show, we will discuss ideas about space travel, both in the scientific community and popular media, concentrating on the first half of the 20th century.
- October 4, 1957
- Ideas of Space Travel in Antiquity
- Early Science Fiction
- Three Engineers in Three Countries: Tsiolkovsky, Goddard, and Oberth
- Wernher von Braun and the V-2
- 1950s Popular Culture: Books and Magazines
- 1950s Popular Culture: TV
- 1950s Popular Culture: Movies
- Korolev, the R-7, and Sputnik
- The U.S. Rocket Program and Explorer 1
- Consequences of Sputnik
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