TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY NIKE COLEMAN (FILES) Picture dated 04 October 1957 shows the world's first artificial satellite Sputnik I, launched by the Soviet Union from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Wavery and high-pitched, the beep-beep signal picked up on Earth signalled the dawn of a new era. 04 October 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik 1, a propaganda coup that Russia's present leaders can only envy. AFP PHOTO / HO (Photo credit should read OFF/AFP/Getty Images)