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[b]Resolution Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Explorer I Among Three S&T Bills Passed by House[/b]
A bipartisan House resolution marking the 50th anniversary of the launch of the United States' Explorer I satellite - the world's first scientific spacecraft - passed the House of Representatives today along with two other Committee on Science and Technology resolutions.
On January 31, 1958, the U.S. successfully launched Explorer 1, the first satellite into space. That day marked the beginning of the U.S. space program. Fifty years later, leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology joined to remember the landmark day and celebrate the remarkable advances the U.S. space program has yielded in the five decades since the launch of Explorer 1.
That effort, via H. Con. Res. 287, was shepherded by Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Chairman Mark Udall (D-CO). Udall was joined by Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN), Ranking Member Ralph Hall (R-TX), Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Ranking Member Tom Feeney (R-FL) and Subcommittee on Energy and Environment Chairman Nick Lampson (D-TX) in cosponsoring the commemorative resolution.
"As we pause to recognize the American space program and all that has been accomplished over the past five decades since Explorer I, we cannot help but acknowledge the countless ways it has benefited our nation. A healthy and active space program breeds innovation and strengthens the scientific, technological, and engineering foundation that is crucial to our economic growth and global competitiveness," said Rep. Udall. "We must make a commitment to continue to invest in our space program so that we can look forward to another fifty years of U.S. achievements in space exploration and continued leadership in science and technology."
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