Today is the anniversary of the launch of the first American satellite, which detected the Van Allen Belts.

Explorer 1… 52 years ago today… otherwise 1 February 1958 at 0348 GMT.


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  1. jesusthroughmary says:

    52 years – we’re in 2010. :o)

  2. Desertfalcon says:

    Apparently launching a satellite was much more simple then, at least according to your picture. Three men in business suits could just lift and toss and bingo!

    DF, aka Gregory Jackson on Facebook.