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Robert Pearlman

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posted 01-23-2018 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
Celebrating 60 Years of America in Space on Jan. 31

Late in the evening of Jan. 31, 1958, the United States took its first step into space with the launch of the Explorer 1 satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The slender, 30-pound satellite would yield a major scientific discovery — the Van Allen radiation belts circling our planet — and ushered in six decades of groundbreaking U.S. space science and human exploration.

In commemoration of this achievement, NASA is supporting events in California and Washington, D.C. to mark the 60th anniversary of the launch.

Anniversary events spotlight the historical significance of the Explorer 1 mission, the legacy of scientific accomplishments produced by America’s space program, and NASA’s continuing journey of discovery in space.

  • Six Decades of Earth Science Discoveries
    Thursday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. PST
    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), von Karman Auditorium, Pasadena, California

    America’s very first space science discovery was made by the JPL-built Explorer 1. Join JPL historian Erik Conway, JPL Earth scientists Carmen Boening and Erika Podest and others for a conversation and multimedia journey that spans the dawn of American space science to the latest Earth-observing missions that are providing vital information about our planet. The event will be livestreamed and is open to the public.

  • The Explorer 1 Mission and the Discovery of Earth's Radiation Belts
    Wednesday, Jan. 31, 12:30-5:30 p.m. EST
    National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington

    The Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine host a celebration of the Explorer 1 mission and the associated discovery of Earth’s radiation belts. Speakers, including NASA Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen, will discuss scientific and technological advances over the past six decades, the history of the mission and radiation belt discoveries, the latest results from NASA’s Van Allen Probes, and space missions observing the Earth system. The event will be live-streamed and is open to the public (advance registration required).

A new NASA website is available to provide the public with historical information about Explorer 1. The site contains archival imagery and an interactive timeline of American space science firsts.

High-resolution imagery and interviews related to the Explorer 1 launch and America’s six decades of space science missions are available for download.


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From: Sierra Vista, Arizona
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posted 01-23-2018 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy 60th Explorer 1. Commemorative uncrating of a JPL manufactured full scale mock-up payload and nosecone assembly:

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