Telstar 1 Before Launch

Telstar 1 Before Launch

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Credit: Alcatel-Lucent/Bell Labs/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Bell Labs' Telstar I, the world's first communications satellite, was launched in 1962. A sphere roughly a yard in diameter and weighing 175 pounds, Telstar was powered by 3,600 Bell Solar Battery cells and dozens of other innovations from Bell Labs.

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