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Virginia's First Satellite Launch – 50 Years Ago Today

50 Years Ago Today: The First Spacecraft Launched Into Orbit From Virginia “Explorer 9 was the first spacecraft placed in orbit by an all-solid rocket and the first spacecraft successfully launched from Wallops Island. It was launched on 16 February 1961. Explorer 9 was the first in a series of 3.66 m inflatable spheres to be successfully placed into orbit solely for the determination of atmospheric densities. It was identical […]

  • NASA Watch
  • February 16, 2011