I'm browsing Google's overview of the anniversary of the launch of the first artificial satellite in 1957, very interesting reading. It's amazing what is available on the net about this historic event. For example, here is a sound file of the actual beeps from the Sputnik satellite. This news report (AP - 50 years ago, Sputnik changed technology) puts the launch in context and reminds us about all the amazing advances that resulted from the launch of Sputnik. I'm of a generation that takes space and communications technology for granted, so it's really been amazing to read about this event that started the Space Age. I tend to think that the Space Age is not really over, just in a bit of a lull. There is a new international race on to get humans back to the Moon (and the NASA administrator says the U.S. will lose the race!) and there are plans to send humans on to Mars, so I think the age that dawned with the launch of Sputnik has only just started, more amazing adventures and new technologies are on the horizon.