On this Day: U.S. Launches First Successful Communications Satellite, Echo 1A

Aug 12, 2008 Full story: www.findingdulcinea.com 6

On Aug. 12, 1960, NASA launched the first communications satellite, Echo 1A. The satellite stayed in orbit for eight years and showed the potential for future communications satellites.

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Gil Scribner

Long Island City, NY

#1 Aug 12, 2008
This is one of the greatest inventions of our time. The telephone, electricity and the most underrated one...the satellite.

Long Island City, NY

#2 Aug 12, 2008
I remember little Echo. It was very exciting at the time to think of it up there in the sky. And to think now of how much that one event changed our lives...

Long Island City, NY

#3 Aug 13, 2008
And to think that NASA accomplished this with computers less powerful than todays cell phones and calculators. Amazing.

New York, NY

#4 Aug 12, 2009
Satellites are obviously very helpful for communications technology. For espionage though? Maybe less helpful than expected. Considering how much we pay for our intelligence services, they sort of aren't that great. Part of it is that they rely way too much on electronic surveillance and not enough on actual human to human information.
Britney Coolpies

Bay City, MI

#5 Mar 28, 2013
Britney Coolpies

Bay City, MI

#6 Mar 28, 2013

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