Sputnik landing site, Manitowoc

Why Manitowoc celebrates Soviet Sputnik this weekend

In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. Despite it being a 23-inch diameter, 184-pound metal ball that only transmitted information for three weeks, Sputnik triggered the Space Race. For the next decade and change, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. worked to launch more satellites and eventually…