Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sputnik was the first man-made satellite to orbit the earth. It was a 24 inch aluminum sphere. It did not observe. It did not collect. It could not be controlled in any way. All it ever did was beep with the simplest of radios so that it could be tracked. The battery for the beeping mechanism ran out in 12 days and the entire satellite burned away to vapor in the upper atmosphere within 8 weeks as if it had never existed. That October in 1957 it was considered the peak of scientific achievement and yet it was never designed to have an actual function.
It's sole purpose was to prove that it existed, and in doing so it brought American pride to it's knees.
Some objects are physical and yet exist solely on a symbolic plane.
Searching for such a thing is what we call a quest.
Posted by Richard Penner at 10:46 PM