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News Story Source: By E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic Investor
The most powerful weapon in the world is surprise. Even the biggest adversary stands the chance of defeat if properly caught off guard.
On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union surprised every American… from the common man, all the way up to, and especially, President Eisenhower.
The Soviets launched a tiny, two-foot-wide silver ball called Sputnik 1 into low-Earth orbit. The 184-pound satellite had four small antennas dangling from its sides. It was the first man-made object shot into orbit from Earth.
What made things worse was the Soviets successfully gave the impression they now controlled the sky. Sputnik 1's antennas broadcast a simple radio pulse back to Earth from its orbit. Amateur radio operators in the U.S. picked up the signal and listened fearfully for three weeks until Sputnik 1's batteries died.
A few weeks later, the metal Soviet ball fell out of orbit and burned up in the atmosphere. The whole drama put the U.S. government and its defense sector
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