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Celebrating Commercial Space 50 Years After Telstar-1

10 Jul 2012, 01:24 UTC
Celebrating Commercial Space 50 Years After Telstar-1
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July 10, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Telestar-1 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch of Telestar-1 allowed the first live television transmissions two weeks later on July 23, 1962, which were live television pictures of the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. The National Air and Space Museum’s Space History [...]

Telstar 1 assembly at Bell Labs (Credits: Arthur Dennis).
July 10, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Telestar-1 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch of Telestar-1 allowed the first live television transmissions two weeks later on July 23, 1962, which were live television pictures of the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. The National Air and Space Museum’s Space History and Education divisions, in association with the French Embassy, will host a symposium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Telstar satellite on July 12, 2012. Although Telstar-1 was not the first communications satellite, it is the most familiar and is considered by most experts to have ushered in the era of satellite communications as a result of the public impact of the first transmission of live television across the Atlantic Ocean. What most do not realize is that Telstar-1 ...

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