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Subject How many heard "beep, beep, beep..." 55 years ago today?
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Sputnik ("traveling companion" in Russian) was a small sphere about 22 inches in diameter, with four long antennas protruding from its head. The 183-pound probe used a radio beacon to send a beeping sound back to Earth as it orbited the planet every 98 minutes.

This beeping was played over the world's radio stations, and in combination with the sight of the probe orbiting Earth, sparked fear in Americans that our country was falling behind the Soviets in technological capability.
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