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Sput·nik

 (spo͝ot′nĭk, spŭt′-, spo͞ot′nyĭk)
n.
Any of a series of Soviet satellites sent into Earth orbit, especially the first, launched October 4, 1957.

[Russian sputnik (zemli), fellow traveler (of Earth) : so-, s-, together; see ksun in Indo-European roots + put', path, way; see pent- in Indo-European roots + -nik, n. suff.]

Sputnik

(ˈspʊtnɪk; ˈspʌt-)
n
(Astronautics) any of a series of unmanned Soviet satellites, Sputnik 1 (launched in 1957) being the first man-made satellite to orbit the earth
[C20: from Russian, literally: fellow traveller, from s- with + put path + -nik suffix indicating agent]

sput•nik

(ˈspʊt nɪk, ˈspʌt-)

n.
(sometimes cap.) any of a series of Soviet earth-orbiting satellites.
[1957; < Russian: satellite, traveling companion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sputnik - a Russian artificial satellitesputnik - a Russian artificial satellite; "Sputnik was the first man-made satellite to orbit the earth"
artificial satellite, orbiter, satellite - man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
Translations
spoutnik

sputnik

[ˈspʊtnɪk] Nsatélite m artificial

Sputnik

nSputnik m

sputnik

[ˈspʊtnɪk] nsputnik m inv
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This model gave times, altitudes and directions with sufficient accuracy for naked eye Sputniks, correct to a minute or so in time, and about 5[degrees] or so in altitude when fairly high in the sky, and better when near the horizon.
Incidentally, the Russians at the IGY meeting were very cagey about releasing the conventional orbital elements of their Sputniks.
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A shepherd reported coming across what he thought was wreckage Sputnik on the hills high Ardgay in Sutherland spring of 1962.
Thus for his first solo museum exhibition in Switzerland, "Roman Ondak: Enter the Orbit," he asked artists to reconstruct how they imagine Sputnik 1, with astonishingly homogenous results: Ondak must have specified the scale rather precisely, since these Sputniks are each approximately the size of a tennis ball, with legs sticking out--whether made of furniture hardware perched on lathe-turned legs or pencils, a plaster lightbulb, a copper sphere, a stainless-steel sphere, or a chestnut with four fireplace matches.
The Sputnik lies there like a sack of sturdy linen with stenciled numbers.
The launch of the second satellite was an even greater Soviet propaganda coup and in a statement to the fortieth anniversary session of the USSR's Supreme Soviet Khrushchev challenged the USA to compete, saying: 'Our sputniks circle the Earth and wait for American and other sputniks to appear alongside and provide companionship.
what with Sputniks in space and Patrick Moore stargazing, a telescope was the essential sky watchers' piece of kit.
Essays by Asif Siddiqi and James Harford follow with enlightening discussion of "the institutional and political machinations behind the genesis of Sputnik" and of Sergey Korolev's central role in overseeing the development of Sputniks 1, 2, and 3 to satisfy Premier Nikita Khrushchev's increasing demands.
But the first of three Sputniks launched on a series of R-7 ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) at Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Ukraine comprised only a test payload carrying a primitive radio beacon and a thermometer.
The photographs taken by Russian sputniks and American Ranger missions in the '60s placed a premium on accuracy; the estheticizing idealism of solitary 19th-century selenographers had been replaced by the scientificity of highly trained specialists in the service of government agencies.