August 7, 1959  — The United States launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth. The satellite, popularly known as the “paddlewheel satellite,” featured a photocell scanner that transmitted a crude picture of the earth’s surface and cloud cover from a distance of 17,000 miles.

  4 comments for “This Day in History

  1. August 7, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Incredible technology for that time. What will today’s seem like in 59 years?


    • August 7, 2018 at 4:43 PM

      A good question. I wish that we were investing in Science and Engineering projects similar to what we did in the ’50s and ’60s.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. August 7, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    I probably didn’t pay much attention as I was only 5. 🙂


    Liked by 1 person

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