Week in Photos: Space Currency, God of the Dead, More

Week in Photos: Space Currency, God of the Dead, More
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Moscow, Russia, October 5, 2007—Soldiers display colorful banners at the Russian cosmonaut training center known as Star City near a newly opened monument to Sputnik 1, the world's first human-made satellite.

Soviet engineers launched Sputnik on October 4, 1957, and the orbiting probe sent back its first signal—often called "the beep heard round the world"—the same day.

The event has since become known as the birth of the Space Age, sparking international innovations in technology in a race to put humans on the moon.

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