A Beep Heard Around The World

Four personal essays marking the fiftieth anniversary of Sputnik.

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In October 1957, the USSR launched Sputnik I, the space race began and modernity was born in the mind of Barnsley schoolboy Ian Mcmillan

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In October 1957, the USSR launched Sputnik I, the space race began and modernity was born in the mind of Barnsley schoolboy Ian Mcmillan

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Zinovy Zinik remembers trying to escape his Moscow playground by leaping in the air to hitch a lift on the orbiting Sputnik.

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Zinovy Zinik remembers trying to escape his Moscow playground by leaping in the air to hitch a lift on the orbiting Sputnik.

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News of Sputnik and rock and roll arrived in South Africa for Christopher Hope at about the same time.

The two have remained fused for him ever since.

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News of Sputnik and rock and roll arrived in South Africa for Christopher Hope at about the same time.

The two have remained fused for him ever since.

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Monica Grady, professor of planetary and space science at the Open University, discusses how Sputnik gave her a job, and what it meant to the rest of the world.

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Monica Grady, professor of planetary and space science at the Open University, discusses how Sputnik gave her a job, and what it meant to the rest of the world.