Telstar vs. Sputnik
by, 10-03-2007 at 06:00 PM (200 Views)
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first satellite to orbit the Earth. It was launched by our Cold War enemy, Russia, and named Sputnik. It caused quite a bit of worry in the USA - we did not want to fall behind Russia in the race for space. Not long after that the U.S. launched its own satellite, called Telstar. The satellite was a fine accomplishment, even if the song Telstar was not quite so fine. Still, if you are interested in this little corner of music history, you can hear Telstar, played by the Tornados, with the embedded player below. Just click the TITLE.