60 years ago today, the first man-made satellite orbited the Earth

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(WTVY) -- 60 years ago today was when the Space Age truly began.

That's when the Soviet Union launched their unmanned satellite, Sputnik One into orbit around the earth.

It was the first man made object to circle our planet.

The first American satellite, Explorer 1, wouldn't come until the next year, following several launch failures and malfunctions.