Explorer 1 was the first artificial satellite placed into orbit of Earth by the United States of America nation-state, launched on February 1, 1958 in Florida, this was a precursor to Earth's First Space Age. This launch was considered to be a response to the Soviet satellite Sputnik 1.
By the 23rd century, this craft would be remembered as a major accomplishment for Earth. (TOS novel: Mission to Horatius)
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