Sputnik-1, Sputnik-2, Sputnik-3 mockups at the Budapest Industrial Fair. Hungarian postcard, 1960.
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Sputnik-1, Sputnik-2, Sputnik-3 mockups at the Budapest Industrial Fair. Hungarian postcard, 1960.

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Űrtávközlési Földi Állomás (aka Interszputnyik Űrtávközlési és Műholdkövető Állomás), Taliándörögd. Magyar Posta kártyanaptár, 1978.
Intersputnik Space Communications and  Satellite Tracking Station, Taliándörögd, Hungary, 1978.

Űrtávközlési Földi Állomás (aka Interszputnyik Űrtávközlési és Műholdkövető Állomás), Taliándörögd. Magyar Posta kártyanaptár, 1978.

Intersputnik Space Communications and  Satellite Tracking Station, Taliándörögd, Hungary, 1978.

Varia watercolor set, with Sputnik-3 and Luna-3 satellites, c1960.
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Varia watercolor set, with Sputnik-3 and Luna-3 satellites, c1960.

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Mosaic of different ERS-2 results. Like its predecessor ERS-1 (launched in July 1991 by an Ariane 40 and successfully operational in-orbit at an altitude of some 780 Km), the ERS-2 satellite launched on 21.04.95 by a Ariane 40, is monitoring the Earth day and night under all weather conditions thanks to its powerful sharp-eyed, clouds piercing radars. ERS-2 is moreover carrying an instrument which helps monitor the ozone layer around the Earth. Photo: ESA.

Mosaic of different ERS-2 results. Like its predecessor ERS-1 (launched in July 1991 by an Ariane 40 and successfully operational in-orbit at an altitude of some 780 Km), the ERS-2 satellite launched on 21.04.95 by a Ariane 40, is monitoring the Earth day and night under all weather conditions thanks to its powerful sharp-eyed, clouds piercing radars. ERS-2 is moreover carrying an instrument which helps monitor the ozone layer around the Earth. Photo: ESA.

This satellite, Explorer 24, was a 12-foot-diameter inflatable sphere developed by an engineering team at Langley. It provided information on complex solar radiation/air-density relationships in the upper atmosphere. 9/28/1964. 
Photo: NASA/Langley Research Center.

This satellite, Explorer 24, was a 12-foot-diameter inflatable sphere developed by an engineering team at Langley. It provided information on complex solar radiation/air-density relationships in the upper atmosphere. 9/28/1964. 

Photo: NASA/Langley Research Center.

View of the Northern Lights over  Canada’s Quebec and Ontario provinces taken by NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite on Monday night, Oct. 8. 

View of the Northern Lights over  Canada’s Quebec and Ontario provinces taken by NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite on Monday night, Oct. 8. 

The world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik, launched the Space Age 55 years ago on 4 October 1957.

Three-part satellite community consisting of living quarters (center), an observatory (left) and solar powerhouse. 1929 illustration by Frank Paul from Air Wonder Strories. In: LIFE Science Library - The Scientist by Henry Margenaou, David Bergamini and the Editors of LIFE. Time Inc, New York, 1964.

Three-part satellite community consisting of living quarters (center), an observatory (left) and solar powerhouse. 1929 illustration by Frank Paul from Air Wonder Strories. In: LIFE Science Library - The Scientist by Henry Margenaou, David Bergamini and the Editors of LIFE. Time Inc, New York, 1964.

UARS. General Electric ad in Aviation Week & Space Technology, November 7, 1983. R.I.P. (12 September 1991 - 24 September 2011)

UARS. General Electric ad in Aviation Week & Space Technology, November 7, 1983.

R.I.P. (12 September 1991 - 24 September 2011)

Moszkva. A világűr békés célú kutatásának programja keretében a Szovjetúnióban fellőtték az Interkozmosz-12 mesterséges holdat. A szputnyik építésében résztvettek a szocialista országok, köztük hazánk is. Telefoto MTI Külföldi Képszolgálat, XV. évfolyam 45. szám (25578). 3.Interkosmos-12 satellite, Kosmos-3M rocket launch, 31.10.1974.

Moszkva. A világűr békés célú kutatásának programja keretében a Szovjetúnióban fellőtték az Interkozmosz-12 mesterséges holdat. A szputnyik építésében résztvettek a szocialista országok, köztük hazánk is. Telefoto MTI Külföldi Képszolgálat, XV. évfolyam 45. szám (25578). 3.

Interkosmos-12 satellite, Kosmos-3M rocket launch, 31.10.1974.