The three men responsible for the success of Explorer 1, America's first Earth satellite which was launched January 31, 1958. At left is Dr. William H. Pickering, former director of JPL, which built and operated the satellite. Dr. James A. van Allen, center, of the State University of Iowa, designed and built the instrument on Explorer that discovered the radiation belts which circle the Earth. At right is Dr. Wernher von Braun, leader of the Army's Redstone Arsenal team which built the first stage Redstone rocket that launched Explorer 1. The three men held a model of Explorer 1 over their heads the night the satellite--the U.S.'s first--went into orbit, four months after Sputnik.ID: GPN-2000-000478 Other ID: P8485 Credit: NASA Headquarters - GReatest Images of NASA (NASA-HQ-GRIN)


  • Date: 1958-01-31
  • Location: US
  • Physical Dimensions: B/W TRANSMISSION
  • Subject Keywords: William H. Pickering, American, Wernher Von Braun, Space, James A. Van Allen, Satellites, Explorer 1, 1950s
  • Publisher: TimeLife
  • Usage: For personal non-commercial use only
  • Provider: LIFE
  • Original ID: TimeLife_image_13103579
  • Credits: TIME

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