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2008-Mar-17, 08:40 PM
Jim Oberg has written a very interesting article at MSNBC.com, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the launch of mankind’s fourth artificial satellite, Vanguard 1. While it is no longer functioning or communicating, it is the oldest satellite still in orbit. Jim says, “Vanguard 1 was the first artificial earth satellite powered [...]

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2008-Mar-18, 07:52 PM
They got that nice peaceful civilian rocket
working perfectly and only weeks after the
Jupiter launched Explorer 1. I expect the
orbit has become more circular over 50 years.
How many more years might it have? My Vanguard,
A History, talked about several hundred as I
remember. Funny that I have wondered about a
recovery as well. Those 50 year old components
might have quite a story in them.