In July of 1969, We Chose to go to the Moon

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Our commitment to space exploration began with a wake up call over five decades ago with a beeping sound.

Not with a clock radio, but with a transponder signal that could be tuned in by any ham radio enthusiast — the launching and ever present chirping of the Soviet Sputnik 1 satellite in 1957, the first artificial satellite. Shortly after, the Soviets followed with a dog, Laika, aboard Sputnik 2 and several follow on Sputniks, and then sent a man into orbit, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, aboard Vostok 1 in 1961.

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