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Happy Anniversary, Explorer 1! 1st US Satellite Launched 60 Years Ago Today


Happy Anniversary, Explorer 1! 1st US Satellite Launched 60 Years Ago Today On Jan. 31, 1958, the nation launched its first successful satellite — Explorer 1, which rode to Earth orbit atop a Jupiter-C rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Missile Annex (now called Cape Canaveral Air Force Station). We have firmly established our foothold in space," rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun, who led the team that designed the Jupiter-C, said shortly after Explorer 1 made it to space. "We will never give it up." The success of Explorer 1 soothed a lot of jangled nerves among the American political and military elite, who had recently endured three humbling space setbacks.    More



(Source: Space.com - Feb 1)

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