On Jan. 31, 1958, the JPL-designed and -built Explorer 1 soared into space. The spacecraft, a quick response to the Soviet's Sputnik, lofted the United States into the Space Age.
Visit JPL's Explorer 1 site to learn about the historic event, watch archival video footage, and take an interactive peek inside the satellite.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
First US Satellite Launched 50 Years Ago Today
I recieved this press release from JPL today: