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U.S. launched 1st satellite 50 years ago

In late 1957, teams at JPL worked on the complex pieces required to build the Explorer 1 satellite. Here, Explorer 1 is test-mated before launch by engineers (from left) John Small, Gene Hendricks and Dee Trimble. Explorer 1 was launched successfully on Jan. 31, 1958, and became the first satellite to carry science instruments.
by Staff Writers
Pasadena, Calif. (UPI) Jan 22, 2008
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the United States' first satellite to orbit the Earth.

Explorer 1 lifted off Jan. 31, 1958 -- less than three months after the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik. The White House had asked the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and the Army Ballistic Missile Agency to launch a satellite as quickly as possible. JPL designed and built the satellite, the upper stages of the rocket and a tracking system. The Army's Redstone Arsenal produced the liquid-filled rocket.

The launch of Explorer 1 was followed by the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in October 1958 and transformed JPL from a producer of ballistic missiles to a center for robotic exploration of the solar system and beyond. Today, the California Institute of Technology manages JPL for NASA.

JPL and Caltech have produced a documentary video chronicling the story of Explorer 1 -- "JPL and the Beginnings of the Space Age." The documentary will be telecast nationally on the Discovery Channel's HD Theater, with multiple airings beginning Jan. 31.

Editor's Note: There was a dumb error in the original version of this UPI wire report. Obviously it should have read three months not one year. Best I can guess is that someone crunched the original press release and got two sentences mangled. We don't usually take the short UPI reports but it was a public holiday weekend and the news was processed quickly that day from a mix of sources selected on the basis of availability. One expects that such basic date errors are not in the original content. It also helps if people email and alert us to errors.

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