Sputnik Day 50th Anniversary

On October 4, 2007, worldwide celebrations commemorated 50 years of space flight. On this day, five decades ago - October 4, 1957- the first man-made satellite was launched into space, the first man-made object ever to leave the Earth's atmosphere, captivating the public’s imagination worldwide. No larger than a watermelon and weighing only 183 pounds, its “beep beep beep” signal from space was heard with baited breath as it orbited the Earth on its elliptical path. “'Now, somehow, in some new way, the sky seemed almost alien,'' wrote Lyndon B. Johnson. The launch of Sputnik ushered in a new era: the Space Age.

On October 4, 2007 we mark the 50th anniversary of the beginning of this new age, an age of space competition and exploration, discovery and adventure, tragedy and exhilaration. At the Toronto Aerospace Museum, Critical Media presents a celebration in collaboration with the Canadian Space Society.

Toronto Aerospace Museum


Dr. Zelina Iskanderova: Presentation on space era in USSR/Russia
Nina Czegledy: Space Science and Science Fiction
Amir Gavriely and Joel Robson: My first rocket (screening)
Michael Lennick of Foolish Earthlings: The High Ground.
Sputtnikk Oppera – streaming.