On this Day: U.S. Launches First Succ...

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

There are 6 comments on the www.findingdulcinea.com story from Aug 12, 2008, titled On this Day: U.S. Launches First Successful Communications Satellite, Echo 1A. In it, www.findingdulcinea.com reports that:

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

Lenni, PA

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

Lenni, PA

#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...

Lenni, PA

#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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