Happy 50th Birthday to Echo 1, Grandpappy of Satellite Communications

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Echo 1, history's first passive satellite. NASA's Echo mission began rather poorly. A test launch had exploded so brightly, so spectacularly, that it prompted frightened calls up and down the entire eastern seaboard. » 8/12/10 10:00am 8/12/10 10:00am