人造卫星的始末

莫斯科--1957年10月4日,我的父亲赫鲁晓夫在等候一个电话。总设计师科罗廖夫应当从位于哈萨克斯坦的丘拉塔姆发射场(后来更名为拜科努尔发射基地)打电话汇报世界上第一个人造地球卫星的发射情况。

当天早些时候,我的父亲在乌克兰基辅参加军事活动。他视察了穿越第聂伯河的坦克列队,然后与苏联将军们讨论了国防部长朱可夫元帅的命运。(朱可夫被怀疑策划夺权,而且我父亲和他的同事们在迫使战功卓著的二战元帅辞职之前,获得了其他高级将领的支持,他们都同意赫鲁晓夫的计划。)

那天晚上,我的父亲和乌克兰领导人共进晚餐。我坐在桌子末尾,并没有注意他们的交谈。每个人都有点疲惫,但是我的父亲却并不急于睡觉。在午夜时分,门开了,秘书请父亲接一个电话。当赫鲁晓夫回来的时候,他满脸微笑说,人造卫星发射成功了。

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