60th Anniversary of Sputnik

Ask an Expert Live

October 4, 2017 | 12:30pm
Presented Online

Wednesday, October 4, marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of the first human-made object into earth orbit—the Soviet spacecraft, Sputnik.  Join Cathleen Lewis, curator of international space, on Facebook Live to learn what Sputnik was, why it was so important, and why its significance has endured for generations. 

Planning to attend in-person? Meet in Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.


Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. we will go live on the National Air and Space Museum Facebook page with an Ask an Expert talk. We’ll select a different aviation or space topic each week, and a Museum staff member will discuss the history, stories, or personalities related to a specific artifact or exhibition in the Museum. Tune in on Facebook Live each week to join the talk and ask our experts questions.