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Orbit of Sputnik 1, Soviet 1957 Diagram
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Orbit of Sputnik Diagram showing the Earth orbits possible for different spacecrafts Sputnik the first spacecraft ever to reach Earth orbit was launched on October by the Soviet Union It followed an elliptical orbit ranging from to kilometres from the Earths surface Each orbit took minutes The following year Sputnik burned up as it reentered Earths atmosphere on January Diagram published in in a Soviet aviation magazine Sovetskaya Aviatsia Soviet Aviation