Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Here’s to Sputnik!

Everyone knows the Space Age began in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the world’s first artificial satellite. Sputnik’s success was a great milestone in transportation history.

But did you know that last Thursday (January 3rd) marked the 50th Anniversary of Sputnik’s fiery return to Earth?

Back in 1957 Sputnik had the cosmos all to itself for 3 whole months as it merrily orbited the Earth every 96 minutes at a height of 150 miles. Now, 50 years later, it can take that long just to travel from one side of the Port Mann Bridge to the other.

I’ll wager that more than a few frustrated people have found themselves lined up to cross the Port Mann bottleneck wishing they could just launch themselves, and their vehicle, into the air like Sputnik and fly across the gridlock. I know I have.

So, here’s to Sputnik. And here’s to all those who are working to twin the Port Mann Bridge and bring it into the 21st Century.

Carl Congestion


At January 9, 2008 11:04 PM , Blogger PelaLusa said...

So much was accomplished over the next dozen years. Then we collectively got mired in the problems that never seem to leave society. :-(


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