Sputnik Ashtray – Russia, 1957

This ashtray commemorates the successful launch of Sputnik-1, the first artificial Earth satellite launched by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957. Sputnik orbited our planet for three weeks before its batteries died, sending radio signals as it flew low-Earth orbit. Sputnik triggered the Space Race with the US, ushering in a new era of… Continue reading

Saint Louis Science Center Collections A to Z

The Science Center’s Collections Department cares for and preserves a wide variety of artifacts, some of which may surprise you! From animals to fossils, ancient pottery to meteorites, space toys to medical tools, here you can discover a selection of wonderful things from A-Z. Connect with curiosity!