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1st Communication Satellite: A Giant Space Balloon 50 Years Ago

1st Communication Satellite: A Giant Space Balloon 50 Years Ago
Echo, NASA's first communications satellite, was a passive spacecraft based on a balloon design created by an engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center. Made of Mylar, the satellite measured 100 feet (30 meters) in diameter. It launched Aug. 12, 1960.
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