Explorer I…

was launched fifty years ago today, sort of making this the fiftieth “birthday” of the US space program.

built by JPL and launched by ABMA, it was a response to the Soviets’ Sputnik I, kicking off the space race.

space exploration being near and dear to my heart, i plan on posting comments and observations about this anniversary all the way up until July 29 – which is NASA‘s 50th birthday.

and here’s a link to JPL’s web page celebrating the anniversary.

quote of the day:

“We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.” – Wernher von Braun

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