Notable Quotable

October 04, 2007|By NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Ironically, it was the American press, not the Soviet press, which gave the Sputnik launch such immense coverage, allowing it to become one of the most powerful weapons of propaganda the Soviet Union had."

- SERGEI KHRUSHCHEV, son of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, on the impact of the launch of Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, 50 years ago today

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