|BC303||The Sky at Night / 50th Anniversary of Sputnik, unsigned||£60.00||Limited Availability|
|BC303S||The Sky at Night / 50th Anniversary of Sputnik, signed by Edgar Mitchell||£75.00||Buy Now|
|BC303S2||The Sky at Night / 50th Anniversary of Sputnik, signed by Richard Gordon||£100.00||Limited Availability|
|BC303S3||The Sky at Night / 50th Anniversary of Sputnik, signed by Richard Gordon (with alt Sky at Night P/M)||£100.00||Limited Availability|
|BC303S1||The Sky at Night / 50th Anniversary of Sputnik, signed by Alexey Leonov||£150.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 13/02/2007
Issue Name: The Sky at Night / 50th Anniversary of Sputnik
Producer: Buckingham Covers
When Sputnik was launched in 1957, it frightened America and began the most exciting period of space exploration, culminating in 1969 with the moon landings. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sputnik with this superb cover. It features the new Royal Mail "Sky at Night" stamps, chosen by Sir Patrick Moore, along with our Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield postmark, and is available signed by Edgar Mitchell, Alexey Leonov or Richard Gordon.
The 50th Anniversary of Sputnik
On 4th October 1957 the Soviets announced to the world that they had successfuly lached the very first artificial satelite into orbit around the Earth. The world was amazed as few had expected the USSR to beat the technologically sophisticated USA to such an important milestone.
Sputnik was a triumph of technoloy. It sent back information about the atmosphere at the edge of space - and of course, it showed that man was capable of sending a spacecraft into orbit. Sputnik's transmissions were monitored all around the world. The craft itself was an 83kg aluminum sphere, radiating four radio antennae. Its orbit took it as far as 4587 miles from earth. The booster rocket that launched it also reached orbit, and this was easily visible from the earth. The satellite's batteries lasted about three weeks. The craft itself remained in orbit for nearly six months, and completed 1400 orbits of the earth. The fact that the Soviet Union launched a craft that repeatedly flew over America did much to spur on the American space programme.
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Edgar Dean "Ed" Mitchell was a United States Navy officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, ufologist and NASA astronaut.
Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov is a retired Soviet/Russian cosmonaut, Air Force Major general, writer and artist.
Richard Francis Gordon Jr. was an American naval officer and aviator, chemist, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. He was one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, as the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 12 mission.