"I am the man who arranges the blocks,
That are building a highly secret base,
Hip Hip Hurrah for the U.S.S.R,
We are sending our men to outer space!"
Beep, beep, beep, beep
Sputnik sails giggling through the skies
Red flags, red faces
Jump in the race
As the Space Age begins with a surprise!
— Leslie Fish, Surprise!
"The American and Russian capabilities in space science and technology mesh; they interdigitate. Each is strong where the other is weak. This is a marriage made in heaven — but one that has been surprisingly difficult to consummate.”
—Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space