How a Drunk Driver Led to the Birth of Russia’s Sputnik 1

In the milieu of the Cold War, a roadside accident three generations ago led to Sputnik 1, and the beginning of a new era: the Space Age.

Wilson da Silva
Oct 2, 2020 · 7 min read

HAD IT NOT BEEN for a collision with a tree by a vodka-sodden driver on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia would not have put Sputnik, the…