Explorer’s 50th Anniversary

Celebrate the golden anniversary of the US entry into space, watching this video on the JPL site. Explorer I, launched 31 January 1958, is modeled in triumph above by William Pickering (JPL’s then-director), James Van Allen (the Iowa scientist who designed the scientific instrumentation that discovered the radiation belts) and Wernher von Braun (rocket scientist recovered from Nazi Germany).

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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