How Sputnik Works is illustrated here on this Space.com infographic.
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World Space Week kicked off today, the 55th anniversary of Sputnik 1, the world's 1st artificial satellite launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. Space Week runs through October 10, which is the 45th anniversary of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. The great thing about Sputnik 1 is that it set a framework, or rather a foundation of expectancy for the world, telling humanity clearly what we were capable of as a people. Just a few years later, the Soviet Union sent the first man into orbit, Yuri Gagarin. This most admirable event inspired the world to explore, invent, design, excel; and most likely inspired John Kennedy to step up the American Space race to put the first men on the moon. Space exploration is a subject near and dear to my heart... the advent of man in the heavens. Yet, I dislike the flip side of that human pride that convinces men that they have exceeded God.
"I looked and looked but I didn't see God." - Yuri Gagarin, 14 April 1961
A Catholic priest sprinkles holy water to bless butterflies as part of the celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi inside the Malabon zoo in Malabon city, north of Manila October 4, 2012. Many Catholics worldwide celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on October 4 each year, the patron saint of animals and the environment. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
All of nature itself was created by God for mankind. God set the limits of the sea Himself, according to Job 38:11 and placed man on the Earth. He wrapped the planet in an atmosphere and separated the atmosphere into layers. What lies beyond has seemed hidden from man for so many centuries. But, if heaven is locked to man, it is not because God has closed the door. The fact is, man himself was not born with knowledge. We grow and learn, and are blessed with knowledge. The wisest realize that we have nothing that doesn't come from outside ourselves, because we weren't born with it. We arrived on the planet late and naked.
Job 28 gives a geography lesson. It describes the where of everything that can be found: geology, oceanography, biology, each of the pursuits take us to places on earth. But, wisdom has no geography. Wisdom is found in God alone. God made it all and He can see us all. Therefore only God knows the sum total of all wisdom and knowledge. It is ours then to ask of God.
How presumptuous of man to ask of God, "Where are you?" God is not a child who has wandered away. We are His children and have lost our way to Him. I find it intriguing that man persists in thinking that he is modern. Modern is such an outdated idea. Over the centuries we have looked at cultures and societies, and government forms; deciding that they were limited, even unreasonable in their approach to cultural norms and beliefs, while we are thinking the correct way. The fact is, we can not measure anything with our own mind. We must have an independent unit of measure from ourselves. Our own mind can not be the ultimate authority for what is beyond ourselves. This is similar to the old method of using non-standard units of measure; such as hands-breadth, span, and foot. These were measured with man's own limbs, while each man had limbs of differing lengths. Eventually, we realized that the measures couldn't be taken with our own body. So, we developed standardized units of measure; beyond ourselves.
One day man will look beyond his own mind, beyond his own human understanding and reason. There he will find God.