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Vanguard satellite

Vanguard satellite

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MARK WILLIAMSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARK WILLIAMSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Vanguard satellite damaged in rocket explosion in December 1957 on display at the National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC. It carried the first solar cells used on a satellite (behind the cracked window). Soviet Premier Khrushchev nicknamed Vanguard 'The Grapfruit' because of its small size (16cm diameter).

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