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On Jan. 31, 1958, Dr. John Meisenheimer gave the "go" for weather for the Explorer 1 mission as the Launch Weather Officer, launching America's first satellite into space. Sixty years later, Dr. Meisenheimer returned to the Cape for the 60th Anniversary Ceremony -- and to help launch GovSat-1 launch alongside Mr. Mike McAleenan. (U.S. Air Force photo Zoe Thacker) Launching With A Legacy -- Weather pioneer returns 60 years after historic mission
The year was 1958. The Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, into orbit the year before, which meant the U.S. was now officially behind in the race for space.After suffering three humbling launch setbacks, the U.S. finally had an answer to Sputnik and that answer, nestled atop a Juno rocket, was Explorer I.The
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