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THE WORLD'S FIRST SCIENTIFIC SATELLITE IS STILL IN ORBIT

THE WORLD'S FIRST SCIENTIFIC SATELLITE IS STILL IN ORBIT Nearly 60 years ago, the US Navy launched Vanguard-1 as a response to the Soviet Sputnik. Six decades on, it’s still circling our planet. From his desk at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, space debris analyst Tim Flohrer keeps track of the 23,000 or so catalogued objects currently orbiting the Earth. They range from spacecraft and satellites – some working, most not – to discarded rocket stages and fragmented space hardware. All of them the result of 60 years of space exploration.   More



(Source: BBC News - Oct 7)

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