Any quotes on Sputnik I ?
Is there any quotes that Nikita Khrushchev or Dwight Eisenhower said after the launch of Sputnik 1, or the space race?
- anobium625Lv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
None of these are exciting, but...
1. In his memoirs, son of Nikita Khrushchev, Sergei, recalled how his father learned about the satellite launch. The Soviet leader was having a late reception at the Mariinsky Palace, in Kiev, Ukraine, when around 11 p.m. an aide called him to the telephone. Khrushchev reappeared minutes later, "with his face shining":
I can tell you some very pleasant and important news, Khrushchev said, Korolev just called**** (at this point he acquired a secretive look). He's one of our missile designers. Remember not to mention his name - it's classified. So, Korolev has just reported that today, a little while ago, an artificial satellite of the Earth was launched." Father looked triumphantly around at those present. Everyone smiled politely, without understanding just what had happened."
2. Sergei Khrushchev spoke first about his personal experience with Sputnik, recalling the atmosphere of his father's Soviet Union at the time. "Soviet society was driven by the idea that we have to make our country secure," he said. "We (lived) under this pressure, that our (lives) depended on one decision in the White House: Would they bomb us or not?"
Khrushchev said when he was 21, he accompanied his father to watch Sergei Korolyov, chief scientist for Sputnik, and his team working on the project. He said Korolyov felt a sense of competition with American scientists working on similar projects to reach space.
"It was Korolyov's personal race," Khrushchev said. "He wanted to be the first."
But Khrushchev downplayed Sputnik's significance for the Soviet people, saying it was an expected success for the Soviet Union, though a shock to the United States.
"It was Americans who made all of the publicity of this," he said. "Then it was the beginning of (the space) race. It was only on one side - the American side. My father didn't want to spend too much money. He had a different priority, to make life better for the people."
On Eisenhower's side, there is this:
3. "The President said he had asked Dr. Bronk to come in to read the statement he (the President) was proposing to give out at his press conference on the ninth [Oct. 9, '57]. His intent was not to belittle the Russian accomplishment. He would like, however, to allay histeria [sic] and alarm, and to bring out that the Russian action is simply proof of a thrust mechanism of a certain power[,] accuracy and reliability. He wanted his statement to be accurate and directed to the right broad purpose..." ––A. J. GoodpasterSource(s): 1. http://www.russianspaceweb.com/sputnik_aftermath.h... 2. http://media.www.browndailyherald.com/media/storag... 3. http://www.eisenhower.utexas.edu/dl/Sputnik/Meetin...
- Anonymous3 years ago
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- 6 years ago
"****" - John Fitzgerald Kennedy