It tends to get helpful to be furnished with useful information and improve your general knowledge over some interesting issues. Some may be aware of these facts while there are many others who may not have any idea about the same. A little sharing can help in imparting information and data which can provide useful knowledge to the viewer. The beginning of the space age started way back in the year 1957 on October 4th when the Soviet Union had successfully launched their first artificial satellite into the orbit. It was named Sputnik and this marked the beginning of the Space Age. Its original translation of the Sputnik is fellow traveler of the Earth and related to it, the traveler is the earth and its companion is the satellite Sputnik. The Sputnik which was the size of a basketball orbited the earth once in every 96.2 minutes, travelling at a speed of approximately 29,000 kilometers per hour. Known as The PS-1 or Elementary Satellite – 1, it weighed eighty three kilograms and was equipped with two radio transmitters to broadcast radio pulses and a thermometer. Its radio pulses were detectable and it was visible all around the earth. It could provide atmospheric information to earth which could be picked up by any amateur radio operator. It also provided the scientist with valuable information and its launch triggered new political, technological, military and scientific developments. The US who had been working on their own space program and had experienced two failed launches was shocked with the launch of the Sputnik along with the rest of the world. With the launch of the Sputnik, their confidence as one of the most advanced technological power was shattered. Sputnik maintained contact with the earth for twenty one days and thereafter lost radio contact. After a period of fifty seven days in space, Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite burnt up when it made its entry again in the Earth’s atmosphere. While many were speculating about the launch, Soviets once again launched Sputnik II which took off on November 3rd, the same year. This was larger and heavier and took the first animal into space, a dog named Laika, who was nicknamed Muttnik. It is reported that within the six days in orbit, at some point of time, the satellite’s battery died and all life support systems failed and Laika is now remembered as one of the heroes of Space Age. The launch of Sputnik had great influence on engineers and scientists who were determined to have an experience in space. It gave the Soviets information about life in space and also gave the world the inclination to explore the outer space. Sputnik III was then launched on May 15th 1958.