Celebrating the launch of Explorer 1
In this photo taken at a press conference after the launch of Explorer 1, the three men given most credit for its success, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director William Pickering, scientist James Van Allen, and rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun (from left to right), hoist a scale model of the satellite.
Explorer 1 was 80 inches long with a diameter of 6.25 inches. Note the wires coming from the middle of the model. They represented the satellite's antenna.
January 30, 2008 9:41 AM PST
Photo by: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
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