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Sputnik 4 launched

Sputnik 4 launched

15 May, 1960

Sputnik 4 is launched by the Soviet Union on the second anniversary of Sputnik 3.

The satellite is known as Korabl-Sputnik 1 and was the first test flight of the Vostok programme. It was the first in the series of spacecrafts used to investigate manned space flight. It contained various scientific instruments, a TV system and a self-sustaining biological cabin with a dummy.

The descent module of Sputnik 4 reentered the Earth’s atmosphere on 1 September 1962 and a piece was found in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, US.

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