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Near Cape Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

First United States Space Launch

31 January 1958

 
 
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By Craig Baker, 2017
1. First United States Space Launch Marker
Inscription.  On this date the U.S. Army’s Ballistic Missile Agency launched the United States’ first space craft—Explorer 1. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the State University of Iowa developed the satellite payload which was launched on an Army Jupiter-C rocket. Explorer 1 made significant contributions to the exploration of space with the discovery of the Van Allen Radiation Belts.

We salute the dedicated soldiers and civilians who answered the nation’s call and blazed the trail for future generations of space explorers.

Placed here in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Explorer 1.
 
Erected 2008 by USASMDC/ARSTRAT; Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Army Space Professional Association; and ITT Corporation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
 
Location. 28° 26.668′ N, 80° 34.318′ W. Marker is near Cape Canaveral, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker can be reached from Museum Circle 0.2 miles south of Lighthouse Road, on the left when traveling south. Located in
First United States Space Launch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2017
2. First United States Space Launch Marker
front of the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, only accessible during historical tours of Kennedy Space Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 191 Museum Cir, Cape Canaveral FL 32920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (here, next to this marker); Cape Canaveral Lighthouse (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Cape Canaveral Lighthouse (approx. 2.1 miles away); Complex 14 (approx. 3.4 miles away); Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 3.6 miles away); a different marker also named Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 3.7 miles away); a different marker also named Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 3.7 miles away); a different marker also named Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Canaveral.
 
Also see . . .
1. Air Force Space & Missile Museum. (Submitted on August 1, 2020.)
2. Explorer 1. Wikipedia (Submitted on August 3, 2020.) 
 
Air Force Space and Missile Museum image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2017
3. Air Force Space and Missile Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Sep. 25, 2020