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Explorer 1 satellite team in 1958, holding aloft the satellite they designed. Explorer 1, the USA's first satellite, was launched on 31st January 1958. These three men were responsible for the project that designed and launched the satellite. From left, they are: William Hayward Pickering (1910-2004), James Alfred Van Allen (1914-2006), and Wernher von Braun (1912-1977). Photographed in January 1958.
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