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The sign accompanying the Sputnik model which hangs from the ceiling as part of the exhibit.

It reads


The Beep Heard Around the World

Sputnik

This is a 1:1 scale model of the Soviet Union's Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite. Sputnik's launch on October 4, 1957 is often referred to as the beginning of the Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States by the race had begun years earlier. In 1954, the Chief Designer of the Soviet space program proposed the launch of an artificial satellite, and American President Eisenhower pledged that the United States would launch a satellite during the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957-58. But with Sputnik's launch, the Soviet Union beat the U.S. over the first hurdle of the Space Race.


 
Sign accompanying the Sputnik model in the Apollo:  When We Went to the Moon exhibit
Time picture taken Sat Jun 22 12:46:58 2019
Location picture taken Apollo: When We Went to the Moon Exhibit
Space Hall
"Old" Museum
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Huntsville, AL
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