NASA HISTORY: Atlas Rocket Takes Off From Cape Canaveral With World’s First Communications Satellite

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Took off December 18, 1958

ABOVE VIDEO: An Atlas rocket roared into the night sky on December 18, 1958, carrying the world’s first active communications satellite.

(NASA) – An Atlas rocket roared into the night sky on December 18, 1958, carrying the world’s first active communications satellite.

The payload, Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment (SCORE) satellite carried a small recorder and a message to the world from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Eisenhower’s message served to reassure Americans during a trying time in history. More than that it projected a message of peace to the world.

Eisenhower used the unique and marvelous opportunity presented by the world’s first communications satellite to tell humanity, “Through this unique means I convey to you and to all mankind, America’s wish for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men everywhere.”

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