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January 31, 2014
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January 31, 1958

Explorer I First Successful Launch Into Orbit

  Back in 1958, the United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer I. Explorer I orbited Earth once every 114.8 minutes after launch, or 12.54 orbits per day and Completed 58,000 orbits times before returning to Earth in March 1970. Upon returning to earth, Explorer I burned up over the Pacific Ocean. Source: Associated Press, Jpl.nasa.gov/Image: Britannica.com                               

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