In competition with the Soviets, on Jan. 31, 1958, the U.S. officially launched its first satellite. Part of the Explorer Program, Explorer 1 began a new series in the Cold War, and increased reliance on technological development in the Space Race that would follow in the coming decade.
Today In History- January 31
The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit.
1st American sattelite launched into orbit.
- Cape Canaveral, Florida
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