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Time for a fresh start free access

Fifty years after the momentous launch of Sputnik, Russia has yet to find a scientific system that is anything close to meeting its twenty-first century needs.

Nature 449, 507 (4 October 2007) doi:10.1038/449507a



50 years in space free access

On 4 October 1957, Sputnik launched us on a path into space.
Geoff Brumfiel

NatureNews (4 October 2007) doi:10.1038/news.2007.141

Time to rethink the Outer Space Treaty

An agreement forged 40 years ago can't by itself keep space free of weaponry, says Philip Ball.

NatureNews (4 October 2007) doi:10.1038/news.2007.142


News Features

The battle for Russia's brains

The Russian Academy of Sciences has resisted pressure from czarists and communists. Can it thwart the reforms planned by Putin's government? Quirin Schiermeier reports.

Nature 449, 524 (4 October 2007) doi:10.1038/449524a

What the scientists say

Russian researchers, and those who have worked in Russia, share their thoughts with Nature on the problems faced by the country's scientific system — and how they could be addressed.
Alexander Sobolev et al.

Nature 449, 528 (4 October 2007) doi:10.1038/449528a

A question of survival

International collaboration and a can-do spirit have allowed some Russian scientists to flourish. Alison Abbott watches an extraordinary field test for mutant mice in the Russian wilderness.

Nature 449, 532–534 (4 October 2007) doi:10.1038/449532a




Hear more about how the launch of Sputnik surprised the world. Geoff Brumfiel talks to space scientists and historians on the 4th October 2007 Nature Podcast.



Breaking up is hard to do

Economist and former science minister Boris G. Saltykov sees opportunity for change and innovation in Russia.

Nature 449, 536–537 (4 October 2007) doi:10.1038/449536a



The little ball made science bigger

When the Sputnik satellite went into orbit in 1957, it revolutionized the practice of international science and changed the demography of Western research.
Alexei Kojevnikov

Nature 449, 542 (4 October 2007) doi:10.1038/449542a


Books & Arts

A celebration of Sputnik's fiftieth birthday

The launch of the first satellite sparked rejoicing worldwide but frayed some nerves in the West.
William E. Burrows

Nature 449, 538 (4 October 2007) doi:10.1038/449538a

Earth's fearful travelling companion

Giovanni F Bignami

Nature 449, 539 (4 October 2007) doi:10.1038/449539b

A dog's life

Laika, the doomed stray, has achieved a kind of immortality
Martin Kemp

Nature 449, 541 (4 October 2007) doi:10.1038/449541a