All Hail OSCAR 1!

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Today is the anniversary of the launch of the world's first non-governmental satellite, OSCAR (Orbiting Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio) 1. Built for $63 by amateur radio operators, it lasted almost 20 days in orbit and delighted hams worldwide. [Smithsonian]



Oh, that's nice. They wrapped it as a present for the aliens.