How Satellites Changed the Face of the Earth
April 1, 1960 dawned clear and warm over Cape Canaveral, Florida. At 6:40 a.m. the feeding herons in the nearby marsh were startled by a thunderous roar as a Thor-Able rocket leapt from its pad at the U.S. Space Center. Arcing northeastward over the Atlantic Ocean, the rocket pushed its 270-pound, hatbox-shaped spacecraft into orbit 450 miles above the earth. In the nose cone of the rocket was the United States’ first tentative step at changing how weather forecasts were made.
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