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Sputnik, space and me

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It is fifty years since the launch of Sputnik. The ensuing 'space race' had major impact — politically, of course, and technologically, but it also created a new avenue for physics research and a rich seam of funding for a generation of young scientists.

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  1. Joseph A. Burns is in the Department of Astronomy and the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 328 Space Sciences Building, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA.

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