Wizards of Oz

"Life is fraughtless ... when you're thoughtless."


60 years ago this very moment (22:48 EST on Jan. 31st 1958), approximately 100 days after the Soviets launched SPUTNIK-1 (the world's first artificial satellite), the U.S. took the lead with the launch of EXPLORER-1. This satellite, the inspiration for my daughter's elementary school name, had great scientific value in proving the existence of the Van Allen Radiation Belts. It was also a shining moment for the "Rocket City" of Huntsville, Alabama, where a relatively new company (Brown Engineering) provided the systems engineering needed by Wernher Von Braun and the Army Ballistic Missile Agency to outfit a modified REDSTONE rocket to carry our nation's first satellite into orbit. EXPLORER-1 was also the first satellite to transmit collected data back to Earth (which it did for another four months until its batteries died) and remained aloft more than a dozen years. #EXPLORER #TBE #Teledyne #EverywhereYouLook