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    Sixty years ago the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite, marking an important milestone in the history of space exploration.

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    Sputnik 1 was launched on October 4, 1957, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a modified R-7 Semerka, the world's first intercontinental ballistic missile. This epochal event became the triumph of Russian science and marked the dawn of the space age.

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