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What was the first space satellite able to be seen by the naked eye?

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September 03, 2009 6:29PM

The first satellite to be visible was the first satellite in orbit. Sputnik 1 was visible (barely) while its last stage booster was very visible. Early satellites were low altitude and there was less competition from street and city lighting in those days.