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September 26, 1957

DECREE OF THE CPSU CENTRAL COMMITTEE PRESIDIUM, 'ON THE LAUNCH OF AN ARTIFICIAL SATELLITE OF THE EARTH'

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    "Decree of the CPSU Central Committee Presidium, 'On the Launch of an Artificial Satellite of the Earth'," September 26, 1957, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Published in Kudriashov (2011), 59. Selected, edited, and annotated by Asif Siddiqi and translated by Gary Goldberg. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/165452
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 Nº P114/XXXIII      

26 September 1957

Strictly Secret

1. Take note of the report of the Commission on Readiness to Launch an Artificial Earth Satellite.

Launch the Earth satellite in the middle of October of this year.

2. Approve the text of the TASS report on the radio and for publication in the press in the event of a successful launch of an artificial Earth satellite.

CC [Central Committee] Secretary

ARCHIVE LOCATION: Archive of the President of the Russian Federation (APRF), f. 3, op. 47, d. 273, l. 8. Excerpt from the minutes on a form.

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Sergei Kudriashov, ed., Sovetskii kosmos: spetsial’noe izdanie k 50-letiiu poleta Iuriia Gagarina (Moscow: Vestnik Arkhiva Prezidenta Rossiiskoi Federatsii, 2011), 59.

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№ П114/ХХХ111

26 сентября 1957 г.

Строго секретно

1. Принять к сведению сообщение комиссии о готовности к запуску искусственного спутника

Земли2.

Запуск спутника Земли провести в середине октября с. г.

2. Одобрить текст сообщения ТАСС3 по радио и для опубликования в печати в случае успешного

запуска искусственного спутника Земли.

                                                        Секретарь ЦК

АП РФ. Ф. 3. Оп. 47. Д. 273. Л. 8. Выписка из протокола на бланке.