Reginald Turnill, 92, has covered our obsession with space since the launch of Sputnik 1 by the Soviet Union in 1957.
He worked in Moscow, Cape Canaveral and Houston during his career as the BBC's Aerospace Correspondent from 1958 to 1975, after which he stayed on in Florida as a freelancer until the late 1990s.
Fifty years on from the first Sputnik mission, he recalls the highlights of reporting the "space race".
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Interview by Paul Rincon
Production by Dominic Bailey.