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What did the Explorer 1 discover?

What did the Explorer 1 discover?

radiation belts
Explorer 1’s main instrument was a cosmic ray detector designed by James Van Allen of the State University of Iowa. The experiment discovered evidence of radiation belts around Earth, now called Van Allen Belts, that marked the first scientific discovery in space.

When did the scientists launched the first satellite?

Explorer 1

Spacecraft properties
Launch date 1 February 1958, 03:47:56 GMT
Rocket Juno I (RS-29)
Launch site Atlantic Missile Range, LC-26A
Contractor Army Ballistic Missile Agency

What was NASA’s first discovery?

Sixty years ago this week, the United States sent its first satellite into space on Jan. 31, 1958. The spacecraft, small enough to be held triumphantly overhead, orbited Earth from as far as 1,594 miles (2,565 km) above and made the first scientific discovery in space. It was called, appropriately, Explorer 1.

Who made first satellite in world?

the Soviet Union
Fifty years ago, on October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, shocking the American public and beginning the Space Age.

When did the first man land on the moon?

July 24, 1969
Apollo 11/Land dates

What did Explorer 1 do?

Explorer 1 was the first U.S. satellite and the first satellite to carry science instruments. The satellite was launched on Jan. 31, 1958, from Cape Canaveral , Florida. Explorer 1 followed a looping flight path that orbited Earth once every 114 minutes. The satellite went as high as 2,565 kilometers…

Who launched Explorer 1?

Explorer 1 was launched with a Jupiter C rocket provided by the U.S Army Ballistic Missile Agency under the guidance of renowned rocket scientist Wernher von Braun. He worked for the Nazis during World War II, but afterwards began working for the United States.

Where was Explorer 1 launched?

Through the combined efforts of JPL and the Army Ballistic Missile Agency , Explorer 1 launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on January 31, 1958. There was a nail-biting wait before tracking stations confirmed that Explorer 1 had gone successfully into orbit around Earth.

When was Explorer 1 launch?

Explorer 1 was launched on January 31, 1958 at 22:48 Eastern Time (February 1, 03:48 UTC) atop the first Juno booster from LC-26 at the Cape Canaveral Missile Annex, Florida.