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News Archive / Tagged: Explorer 1

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: The age of automated sentinels begins

    Alexis CreedySeptember 7th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With NASA less than a day away from seeing their OSIRIS-REx spacecraft begin its voyage to asteroid Bennu, a brief review of some of the U.S. space agency's many robotic accomplishments is in order.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Explorer 1 and the birth of the U.S. Space Program

    Jason RhianJanuary 31st, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Today, the world takes satellite launches for granted. With two (or more) taking place during any given month. Fifty-eight years ago on this date in space flight history, however, there had only been two satellites sent into orbit – and they were both from the Soviet Union. Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957, and Sputnik 2 on Nov. 3, 1957. The U.S. was under pressure to match these feats – something that it would try to do with Explorer 1.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Explorer 1 and the start of the Space Age

    Gregory CecilJanuary 31st, 2015

    On Jan. 31, 1958, the United States had their first successful satellite launch with Explorer I. The satellite was designed and built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). located near Pasadena, California. The launch occurred from Launch Complex 26 located at the Cape Canaveral Missile Range, now known today as Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, at 22:48 […]