... Nikita Khrushchev gets picked as 'Time's Man of the Year for getting the first satellite into outer-space. Proving that the USSR was not as technologically backward as analysts had wanted to believe. If Khrushchev had rockets big enough to put satellites in orbit - he had rockets big enough to throw H-bombs at the USA.
Many people talk of how they saw Sputnik passing over in the night sky ( like a bright fast moving star). What they actually saw was not the satellite, which was too small to see, but the final rocket-booster stage which was much larger and accompanied it into orbit. Good thinking Comrade!
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