Mobilizing Minds: Teaching Math and Science in the Age of Sputnik
Excitement (page 1 of 3)
The successful launch of Sputnik created widespread public excitement. Moonwatch, a network of observers that had been set up to visually track planned U.S. satellites, was quickly adapted to following Sputnik. Ham radio operators listened to signals that it broadcast. The satellite also inspired commercial goods that ranged from lunchboxes to sound recordings. Further attention came from the press and at the Brussels International Exposition.
Prototype Moonwatch Telescope, about 1957
Hallicrafters S-40 Radio Receiver, about 1946
Postcards, Pavilion of the Soviet Union, Exposition Universelle et Internationale, Brussels, 1958
Moonwatch Station, Terre Haute, Indiana, July 1957
New Moon. Reds Launch First Space Satellite, 1957