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Friday, January 31, 2003



First US Satellite Anniversary

Explorer 1 launch.
Explorer 1 launch.
Credit: NASA
Today marks the 45th anniversary of the US's response to Sputnik, which culminated in landing on the moon on July 20, 1969. We have a lot to owe to this satellite. It discovered the Van Allen belts, which protect the Earth from solar radiation, but its political consequences were much more profound.

In other news, everyone congratulate Alex on 17 -- today is his birthday, a full day after mine :)

(More info: CNN.com)


- posted by Brian @ 19:57 EST