Sometimes you ask and you really do receive. At the end of my quick commemoration post about Sputnik's launch in 1957, I tossed in a Russian celebration video with a plea for a translation, so we could all follow along. Lo, and behold, not more than seven hours later, one of you dear readers, sent along the following translation. Here is A's preface:
Just for the fun of it (with gratitude for my country achievements' recognition. Wasn't expecting them to push "socialist" card so hard, though):
Here is a "quick and dirty" translation of the little movie you included in your column. I do apologize for the roughness of it, and numerous mistakes - mostly I was trying to give you an impression about what was being said, rather than polishing the grammar. Wherever possible, I kept Russian order-of-words intact. Sometimes it makes English sentence to sound awkward, but consider it "national flavor" :)
Reading and watching, I find it fairly easy to match general scenes with text. And even if you can't, it's a fascinating document all on its own. I particularly like the series of statements from socialist leaders -- and the Chinese poet's ode to Sputnik near the end.
Thank you, again, A. Enjoy everyone!
...antennas of the Soviet ships are tuned to receive space signals, too. The magical Sputnik is not just flying around - it is working, constantly sending radio reports; it tells about the mysteries of the Universe. It contains «a clot» of the most recent advances in science and technology. Its signals are proudly received by thousands of radio ham enthusiasts in our country. Radio stations are receiving the readings of the most accurate instruments installed on the artificial satellite. Decoded reports would help to clarify our knowledge of Earth gravity field, Earth structure, the Sun radiation, and the nature of the distant atmosphere layers.
Yesterday, little Moscovites admired Jules Verne's fantasy; today, Motherland moved them closer to distant planets. And soon, - who knows, - maybe they'll become the participants of the first flights to the Moon.
Millions of kilometers flew the artificial satellite around the Earth, and everywhere it is watched closedly. «Saw it, heard it» - reports are coming from North America. The open ground of Moscow Planetarium become the arena of constant observation, space talks, and sometimes even heated arguments. This old man is not completely understands the behavior of the artificial moon - speaking in plain language, how long can it fly? According to the calculations of some scientists, this flying laboratory would survive for more than a year. This amazes everyone. The outstanding achievement of Soviet science stirred up the world.
It is as if here, under the ceilings of the House of Unions, where celebration dedicated to the launch of the first artificial satellite was held, you can hear the voices of our friends from all parts of the world. Column Hall cannot accommodate a one hundredth of all willing to hear about the greatest event in the history of humankind.
Scientists present here were telling Moscovites about the the importance of the artificial satellite for the study of space rays, observation of the Universe and Earth' surface. Many problems would now be solved by astrophysicists, too. Newer and newer details about the birth of the second moon are being telegraphed to editorial offices of the foreign newspapers. The first penetration of the space means a great victory of the intellect, similar to the mastery of the energy of steam and electricity, or the invention of the first airplane. Academician < last name of the scientist, illegible> was telling how the country of the socialism was opening a new ways for scientific and technical revolution. The creation of the artificial satellite of the Earth requited the combined efforts of leading scientists - physicists, mathematicians, mechanics, metallurgists, constructors. It was a heroic deed of the whole Soviet Country.