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50 YEARS AFTER SPUTNIK The beginning of the Space Age F.P. Israel, Sterrewacht Leiden
Out of the blue.... 19:28:34 UT Friday October 4, 1957
... one can imagine the consternation and admiration that would be felt here if the United States were to discover suddenly that some other nation had already put up a succesful satellite. Jimmy Lipp Project RAND, 1947 Despite Early Warning....
Wernher von Braun 1950's space visionary Medaris. Toftoy & Disney
It was as if an enormous floodlight had been turned on in a darkened warehouse CIA Deputy Director Wheelon, 1961.... tonight we know how many missiles the enemy has and, it turned out, our guesses were way off. We were doing things we didn't need to do. We were building things we didn't need to build. We were harbouring fears we didn't need to harbour. President Johnson, March 16, 1967