It Was 50 Years Ago Today: NASA Launched First Manmade Satellite Echo 1 into Orbit

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the successful launch of Echo 1, the first manmade satellite to orbit earth.  That makes it pretty darn important, as it paved the way for the cancerous signals we have bouncing all around us today.

When the Echo 1 finally reached orbit on August 12, 1960, it stayed there for eight years, and was visible to the naked eye over the entire planet. It’s considered to have been seen by more people than any other manmade object in space. Ever. For NASA, it was an invaluable source of experimental data, and was used to send TV, phone, and radio transmissions across the US and around the world. For the US government, it was also wielded as an effective work of propaganda, a symbol of glowing American influence above the world.

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It’s been a long time since the entire country could high-five in the excitement of scientific achievement, and the Space Race undoubtedly pushed technology to deliver all the little things we can do today that were formerly unimaginable.  Sure, a violent uprising of self-aware automatons is only a matter of time.  But sexts? Come on.

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