Sputnik 1 may have been launched 50+ years ago, but it sure still gets around! Actually, since it had a pretty simple structure, and since its flight was so ground-breaking, it shouldn’t be any surprise that models of it are hanging in museums all over the place.
Up first, a model at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamagordo, New Mexico:
Next, a copy hanging next to one of Explorer 1 in Seattle’s Museum of Flight:
Finally, the copy in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.:
As you can see, it was quite the lanky thing…