The day the first satellite was launched – level 1


Sputnik is very famous. It is the first satellite. It starts the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The satellite is 8 centimeters wide. It is 80 kilograms heavy. Sputnik is made of aluminum.

Sputnik starts its way on October 4, 1957. It goes from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. It is the moment when the first man-made object goes into space.

Big celebrations start in the Soviet Union. Many people watch Sputnik in the night sky.

Soon after this moment, the United States starts NASA.

Difficult words: satellite (an object that moves around the Earth), space race (when a country tries to be better than the other in space development), aluminum (a very light silver metal), man-made (made by people).

What implications do you think the launch of Sputnik had on other nations around the world?


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