What was the name of the first artificial satellite sent into space?

Answer

The first artificial satellite sent into space was known as Sputnik. The satellite was developed by the Soviets and launched in 1957 ahead of America's first satellite, Explorer I. Due to Sputnik, there was a need for the creation of a body to handle aeronautics and space administration hence, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was born.
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