The Russians were the first to launch a satellite into space - and it did one thing: beep. It would send out radio waves of nothing but beeps.

Still, it was a huge technological achievement. My question: Is the Russian satellite still beeping? If so, how can I hear it?

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    $\begingroup$ This question seems strange, even a cursory google of "beeping russian sattelite" brings one to the wikipedia article, which has the answer for it. No scrolling required. The time it took to even type this question would have been longer than finding the answer oneself. $\endgroup$
    – Knetic
    May 29, 2018 at 18:39

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No. Sputnik 1 reentered on Jan 4, 1958, a few months after launch. The batteries died and it stopped beeping about three weeks after launch.

  • $\begingroup$ Any sources for that? $\endgroup$
    – Undo
    Aug 25, 2013 at 0:11
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    $\begingroup$ @Undo: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sputnik_1 $\endgroup$ Oct 17, 2013 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ then where it is? is it on orbit or ...? $\endgroup$
    – ReNiSh AR
    Feb 8, 2014 at 9:27
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    $\begingroup$ "Reentered" means its orbit decayed and it burned up in our atmosphere. Various broken, charred pieces of it are likely at the bottom of the ocean somewhere. $\endgroup$
    – Mark Adler
    Feb 8, 2014 at 15:42

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