First Man Made Moon - Sputnik!
SPUTNIK MANIA on History Channel - November 29!

This is an early heads up for people to get their DVRs warmed up: The History Channel will be running David Hoffman's fantastic documentary SPUTNIK MANIA on Saturday, November 29 at 10:00 PM Eastern/Pacific time.
Monument to Laika, the first dog in space
If you think you know everything there is to know about Sputnik and can afford to skip this documentary, think again. Using rare footage, Sputnik-inspired music and experts like the historians Paul Dickson (whose book, "Sputnik: The Shock of the Century" served as the basis for the film), Richard Rhodes and others, Mr. Hoffman has succeeded in assembling what is likely the definitive record of the impact of the 1957 Soviet satellite that ignited the space race.
Country singers Josh Graves and Jake Tullock croon about Laika, the first dog in space
The true joys of Mr. Hoffman's film are found in the lesser known events that occurred during the first shocking days of Sputnik. The movie presents archival film of many of these episodes including: John Glenn, on a live quiz show, reacting to the news of the Russian space triumph just hours after the launch; then-Senator Lyndon Johnson describing the satellite as "another Pearl Harbor"; the outpouring of concern by dog lovers over the fate of Laika, the first dog in space (the Soviets eventually erected a monument to the poor canine who died in Sputnik II); country musicians performing "Sputnik Dog" on television (Josh Graves and Jake Tullock performed the Lester Flatt-written tune on "The Flatt & Scruggs Grand Ole Opry Show") and the Soviet exploitation of the school desegregation crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas (shrewd Russian propagandists announced the times Sputnik would be flying over the troubled southern town). The preceding examples are just a few of the wonders to be found in this remarkable film.
Reds List Sputnik Time for Little Rock, Washington Post headline, October 10, 1957
CONELRAD highly recommends SPUTNIK MANIA. It is both educational and highly entertaining. Now, don't forget to set that TiVo!
An animation sequence of Sputnik in orbit





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