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On Saturday morning, Oct. 5, 1957, many of us did a double take when we picked up the newspaper.
``Russia Launches Sputnik,'' screamed the big 8-column headline.
Our first reaction was ``Sputnik? What the heck is Sputnik?''
We quickly discovered it was a satellite _ the first made by man to ever orbit the globe.
That sent a chill through us.
The Soviet Union was in space and America was still earth-bound. Anyone familiar with their science-fiction knew what that meant.
If the United States didn't get moving, Russia would rule space and in the process have the capability of dominating the world.
Those were the …