As a young Tasmanian astrophysicist, Ken McCracken was asked by NASA to help track the Russian Sputnik 1.
Ken McCracken was a Tasmanian student physicist when the Russians launched Sputnik 1. Through his amateur radio contacts he was able to help confirm that the satellite orbited over Australia and was not the hoax some Americans believed. He reveals the buzz of working with cosmic rays, experimental satellites and the best and brightest minds of the early interplanetary explorers. Ken McCracken is now a world renowned scientist.