VIDEO: SPUTNIK 50 - The BBC's Reg Turnill, talks exclusively to about reporting on Sputnik 50 years ago

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Reg Turnill was working for the BBC in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the World's first orbiting artifical satellite.

Turnill went on to cover the space race and travelled to the Soviet Union for the press conference following cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's orbital flight and eventually was based in the US to cover NASA's Moon programme.

He got to know the German rocket engineer Werner von Braun, who had developed the Nazi V-2 weapon, and also came to know many of the US astronauts.

In an exclusive interview he spoke to Flight's technical reporter Rob Coppinger about his experiences.




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