by IndyKids Staff

sputnik

I am an artificial satellite weighing about 183 pounds.

I was launched into space by the Soviet Union, now called Russia, on October 4, 1957.

I circled the earth every 96 minutes, making a “beep beep beep” sound over amateur radio.

My launch during the “Cold War” shocked the United States and led to the creation of NASA as the United States hurried to outdo Soviet space technology.

Answer: I am Sputnik