Departmental Papers (HSS)

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Journal Article

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Science Progress


It is not an anniversary we usually celebrate and it was not any fun for the United States at the time. Fifty years ago today, on the night of October 4, 1957, a 22-inch aluminum ball, primitive by today's standards, sent the American public, and the policy and scientific elite, into high crisis.[1]

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This material, "Sputnik, Cold War Nostaliga, and 9/11: The Lessons of Sputnik post-9/11," was published by the Center for American Progress.



Date Posted: 24 October 2017