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A group of scientists led by Mikhail Tikhonravov helped with Sputnik. The place who created it was Energia.
The only real purpose of Sputnik 1 was to beat the US into space. We were getting close to launching a useful satellite, Explorer 1 - which launched on January 31, 1958.
The Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ball (58cm.or 22.8 inches in diameter), weighed only 83.6 kg. or 183.9 pounds
The launch of Sputnik served to intensify the arms race and raise Cold War tensions. During the 1950s, both the United States and the Soviet Union were working to develop new technology.
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