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Such objects are sometimes called artificial satellites to distinguish them from natural satellites such as the Moon.
Engineers, military officials and former cosmonauts yesterday celebrated the 50th anniversary of the launch of the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik, which marked the dawn of the Space Age and sparked the race to land a man on the moon.
It might not have looked like much, but the silvery, basketball-size Sputnik changed the way the world looked at the sky 50 years ago this October, when the launch of the artificial satellite kicked off the Space Age.
What was the name of the first artificial satellite sent into space?
Military intelligence sources said Saturday North Korea has been working to determine an artificial satellite orbit since earlier this year in an apparent bid to cover up its possibly imminent test-firing of the ballistic missile.
This artificial satellite, about the size of a basketball, took less than two hours to orbit the Earth, but the effect was huge and longlasting.
Monday's flight occurred on the 47th anniversary of the former Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik I, the world's first artificial satellite.
The Soviets had startled the world in October 1957 with the launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, and again in April 1961 when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.
The setting is in the far future on an artificial satellite world called Masaq' Orbital, home to about 50 billion members of the Culture.
The finding is based on data obtained by the artificial satellite Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) jointly launched by Japan and the Unites States, they said.
The first artificial satellite was launched in 1957 and now there are so many satellites orbiting Earth that some areas of space have become crowded

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