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On This Day — Soviet Union Launches SPUTNIK (October 4 1957)

“On 4 October 1957, the Soviet Union successfully launched the Sputnik-1 earth satellite into space—an achievement that stunned the American public and press, but not the U.S. policy and intelligence communities. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reported the advancements that … Continue reading

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Sputnik: 60 Years Later, the CIA Releases Declassified Documents

“If somebody tells me that he has the rockets to shoot — which we know from other sources, anyway — and tells me what he will shoot, how he will shoot it, and in general says virtually everything except for … Continue reading

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