Jell-O Coin 22 - Sputnik 1 (1957) - Russia stole a march on the rest of the world on October 4, 1957, when she succeeded in orbiting a space vehicle. Sputnik 1 (meaning Fellow Traveller) circled the globe every hour and 35 minutes, reaching a maximum height of 560 miles. On the same day, ironically, Canada launched her first supersonic aircraft, the Arrow fighter. Specifications: Diameter 23 inches. Weight 184 pounds. Launched by 3-stage rocket with top speed of 17,897 mph.