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Sputnik 1: Quiz


Question 1: [47] U.S. President ________ obtained photographs of the Soviet facilities from Lockheed U-2 flights conducted since 1956.
Richard NixonDwight D. EisenhowerRonald ReaganGerald Ford

Question 2: Pressurized nitrogen, in the satellite's body, provided the first opportunity for ________ detection.
MeteoroidNear-Earth objectMeteoriteImpact event

Question 3: [17] During the flight the rocket began to rotate about its ________ and its engines were automatically turned off.
Aircraft flight control systemLeading edge slatsFlight control surfacesAileron

Question 4: It was launched into an elliptical low earth orbit by the ________ on 4 October 1957, and was the first in a series of satellites collectively known as the Sputnik program.
Soviet UnionJoseph StalinEast GermanyRussia

Question 5: [51] The United States was presently working on a separate development, ________, and was caught off guard by the Soviets' early launch, placing them behind the Soviets in the newly emerged space race.
Earth Observing SystemProject VanguardSatelliteWeather satellite

Question 6: There is also a replica on display at the World Museum in ________, UK.

Question 7: They had been organized in ________ to sight the satellite through binoculars or telescopes as it passed overhead.
Satellite watchingSputnik programOperation MoonwatchSputnik 1

Question 8: It also provided data on radio-signal distribution in the ________.
Atmospheric electricityGeomagnetic stormRadio propagationIonosphere

Question 9: ________ (DARPA, created in 1958)
Defense Human Resources ActivityDefense Contract Audit AgencyNational Security AgencyDARPA

Question 10: The unanticipated announcement of Sputnik 1's success precipitated the Sputnik crisis in the United States and ignited the Space Race within the ________.
Cold WarJoseph StalinCentral Intelligence AgencyVietnam War

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