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Sputniks

[ (spoot-niks, sput-niks) ]
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A series of Soviet satellites launched in 1957 and in following years. These were the first artificial satellites.

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The appearance of Sputnik stimulated a great deal of effort in the education of scientists and engineers in the United States. This period is now referred to as the post-Sputnik boom.
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How to use Sputniks in a sentence

  • I can almost remember the atomic bomb, and I sure as hell remember the sputniks.

    This Crowded Earth|Robert Bloch
  • This was the very thing that had led to such shocks as the launching of the early Sputniks.

    Combat|Dallas McCord Reynolds
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