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Richard Easton
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From: Winnetka, IL USA
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posted 04-27-2018 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Easton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wrote an article about the 60th anniversary of Vanguard 1 for The Space Review:
The International Geophysical Year (IGY) — actually year and a half — ran from July 1957 to December 1958. The first satellites were launched during the IGY and NASA was formed. Ten years ago, there were highly publicized commemorations of the early satellite launches. In the past year, there have been more muted 60th anniversaries of these early space successes.

The Naval Research Laboratory (NBL) held a celebration of the Vanguard 1, the fourth satellite and the oldest one still in orbit, on March 14. Six Vanguardians were there and I spoke with several of them. They were bright and alert. In addition, children and grandchildren of the NRL Project Vanguard participants were present.

Kite
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From: Northampton UK
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posted 04-27-2018 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A very interesting article Richard and so were the comments posted to you as well. You must be very proud of your Dad and all those proud veterans who were so involved at the very beginning of the space race.

Amazing it is still in orbit and will be for so many more years.

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