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Galileo GalileiJan 13, 1610

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Satellite - Historical Events
Date Event
1610-01-13

Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, 4th satellite of Jupiter

1655-03-25

Christiaan Huygens discovers Titan (Saturn's largest satellite)

1671-10-25

Giovanni Cassini discovers Iapetus, satellite of Saturn

1672-12-23

Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn

1686-08-18

Cassini reports seeing a satellite orbiting Venus

1789-09-17

William Herschel discovers Mimas, satellite of Saturn

1905-01-02

Elara, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine in San Jose, California

1905-01-05

Charles Perrine announces discovery of Jupiter's 7th satellite, Elara

1908-01-27

Pasiphaë, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Melotte

1948-12-28

US announced a study to launch an Earth satellite

1949-05-01

Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune)

1951-09-29

S B Nicholson discovers 12th satellite of Jupiter

1956-12-08

1st test firing of Vanguard satellite program, TV-0

1957-10-04

USSR launches Sputnik I, 1st artificial Earth satellite

1957-10-23

First test firing of Vanguard satellite launch vehicle, TV-3

1957-11-04

2nd Soviet Earth-satellite launched

1957-12-06

1st US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows up

1958-01-31

US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1

1958-02-01

1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched

1958-03-26

US Army launched America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III"

1958-07-26

Army launches 4th US successful satellite, Explorer IV

1959-02-17

1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg

1959-08-13

US Military satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit)

1959-08-19

Satellite Discoverer 6 launched into polar orbit

1959-09-17

Transit 1A, 1st navigational satellite launched; failed to orbit

1960-04-01

1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)

1960-04-13

Transit 1B, 1st navigational satellite, placed in Earth orbit

1960-05-13

1st launch of Delta satellite launching vehicle; it failed

1960-07-12

Echo I, 1st passive satellite launched

1960-08-12

Echo 1, 1st communications satellite, is launched

1960-08-13

The first two-way conversation via satellite is undertaken using Echo 1

1960-08-18

1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas

1960-10-04

Courier 1B Launched; 1st active repeater satellite in orbit

1960-11-23

Tiros 2, a weather satellite is launched

1961-01-31

USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights

1961-02-16

US satellite Explorer 9 is launched

1961-12-12

Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36

1962-03-07

Launch of OSO 1, 1st astronomy satellite (solar flare data)

1962-04-23

1st US satellite to reach the moon launched

1962-04-23

Ranger 4, 1st US satellite to reach Moon launched from Cape Canaveral

1962-04-24

MIT sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: CA to MA

1962-04-26

Ariel 1 Launch (1st UK Satellite)

1962-06-01

Oscar 2 (ham radio satellite) launched into Earth orbit

1962-07-10

Telstar, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, launched

1962-07-11

1st transatlantic TV transmission via satellite (Telstar I)

1962-09-28

Alouette (Canada), 1st Canadian satellite, launched

1962-09-29

Launch of Alouette 1, 1st Canadian satellite (on US Delta rocket)

1962-12-13

Relay 1 communication satellite launched

1962-12-19

Transit 5A1, 1st operational navigational satellite, launched

1963-02-14

US launches communications satellite Syncom 1

1963-07-26

US Syncom 2, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, launched

1964-01-25

Echo 2, US communications satellite launched

1964-08-19

Communication satellite Syncom 3 launched

1964-08-28

US weather satellite Nimbus 1 launched

1965-01-22

US launches TIROS 9 weather satellite

1965-01-27

1st ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via satellite

1965-04-01

Syncom 3, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, passes from civilian to military control

1965-04-06

Intelsat 1 ("Early Bird") 1st coml geosynchronous comm satellite

1965-04-23

Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite

1965-05-02

Early Bird satellite goes into commercial service

1965-05-03

1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on Early Bird Satellite

1965-11-26

France launches 1st satellite, 92 lb (42 kg) A1-capsule (Asterix)

1965-11-27

1st French satellite launched; France becomes 3rd nation in space

1966-02-03

1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched US

1966-02-17

French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit

1966-06-25

Kosmos 122, 1st Soviet weather satellite, launched

1966-10-26

First Pacific communications satellite launched, Intelsat 2

1966-12-15

Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus

1967-06-25

First global satellite television programme - Our World

1968-05-17

European Space Research Org launches 1st satellite

1968-07-04

Radio astronomy satellite Explorer 38 launched

1968-10-26

First European satellite launched, Esro 1, at Cape Kennedy

1969-03-26

Soviet weather satellite Meteor 1 launched

1969-07-22

USSR launches Sputnik 50 & Molniya 1-12 communications satellite

1970-01-23

Australia's 1st amateur radio satellite (Oscar 5) launched (California)

1970-01-23

US launches 2nd generation weather satellite, ITOS 1

1970-02-11

Japan becomes 4th nation to put a satellite (Osumi) in orbit

1970-02-19

USSR launches Sputnik 52 & Molniya 1-13 communications satellite

1970-04-24

China PR launches its 1st satellite transmitting song "East is Red"

1970-12-12

Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 42 launched to study X-rays

1971-05-30

US Mariner 9 1st satellite to orbit Mars launched

1971-08-04

US launches 1st satellite into lunar orbit from manned spacecraft

1971-10-28

Great Britain becomes 6th nation to have a satellite (Prospero) in orbit

1972-07-23

1st Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) is launched

1972-11-15

Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 48 launched to study gamma rays

1973-04-20

Canadian ANIK A2 becomes 1st commercial satellite in orbit

1973-08-23

Intelsat communications satellite launched

1974-02-18

NASA launches Italian satellite San Marcos C-2 (235/843 km)

1974-08-30

Launching of 1st Dutch satellite, ANS, from Vandenberg

1974-09-14

Charles Kowal discovers Leda, 13th satellite of Jupiter

1975-01-22

Landsat 2, an Earth Resources Technology Satellite, launched

1975-04-19

India launches 1st satellite with help of USSR

1975-05-07

Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 53 launched to study X-rays

1977-04-10

Beverly Klass wins LPGA Women's International Golf Satellite

1977-11-23

European weather satellite Meteosat 1 launched from Cape Canaveral

1978-03-31

USSR launches Kosmos 1000 navigational satellite

1978-06-26

First dedicated oceanographic satellite, SEASAT 1, launched

1978-06-27

US Seasat 1, 1st oceanographic satellite, launched into polar orbit

1978-10-13

Tiros N, US's 1st third generation weather satellite, is launched

1979-02-12

Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched

1979-02-21

Japan launches Hakucho x-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km)

1979-03-08

1st extraterrestrial volcano discovered (Jupiter's satellite Io)

1979-06-07

Bhaskara 1, Indian Earth resources/meteorology satellite, launched

1979-07-08

Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14)

1980-07-18

Rohini 1, 1st Indian satellite, launches into orbit

1980-12-06

NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 502

1981-02-21

Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k)

1981-05-23

NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 501

1981-06-19

India's APPLE satellite, 1st to be stabilized on 3 axes, launched

1981-12-15

NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 503

1982-03-04

NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 504

1982-07-01

Kosmos 1383, 1st search & rescue satellite, launched

1982-09-28

NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 505

1983-01-23

Russian radioactive satellite falls into Indian Ocean

1983-01-25

Infrared telescope satellite launched into polar orbit

1983-01-26

Dutch/British infrared satellite IRAS launched from Calif

1983-02-20

Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)

1983-05-19

NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 506

1983-06-16

European Space Agency launches European Comm Satellite 1, Oscar 10

1983-06-22

1st time a satellite is retrieved from orbit by Space Shuttle

1984-03-01

Landsat 5 & ham satellite Oscar 11 launched into polar orbit

1984-04-10

Damaged Solar Max satellite snared by Challenger shuttle

1984-04-11

Challenger astronauts complete 1st in space satellite repair

1984-07-11

Britain's MusicBox begins satellite transmission to Europe

1984-11-12

Space shuttle astronauts snared a satellite 1st space salvage

1984-11-14

Astronauts aboard "Discovery" pluck a 2nd satellite from orbit

1985-10-25

Kosmos 1700 communications satellite placed in geostationary orbit

1986-06-08

Iraqi jets attack Assadabad satellite station

1987-07-25

USSR launches Kosmos 1870, 15-ton Earth-study satellite

1988-09-19

Israel launches 1st satellite, for secret military reconnaissance

1988-12-05

Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear-war-fighting satellite

1989-02-14

World's 1st satellite Skyphone opens

1992-05-20

India launches its 1st satellite independently

1992-08-10

Satellite TOPEX/Poseidon launched

1995-02-24

The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.

1997-01-11

Telstar 401 Satellite Fails

1998-08-31

North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.

2002-03-01

The Envisat environmental satellite successfully reaches an orbit 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8500 kilograms (9.5 tons).

2003-09-27

Smart 1 satellite is launched.

2003-11-04

The most powerful solar flare as observed by satellite instrumentation is recorded.

2006-06-18

The first Kazakh space satellite, KazSat is launched.

2007-02-23

Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.

2007-11-05

China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon.

2009-04-05

North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks

2013-01-30

South Korea successfully launches its rocket Naro-1 which was carrying a scientific satellite

2013-02-07

Azerbaijan launches its first satellite, Azerspace-1

2016-02-03

South Korea Warns North Korea Not to Launch Satellite

2016-06-01

Islamic State urges Muslims to destroy satellite TV sets

2016-09-05

Satellite owner says SpaceX owes it $50 million or a free flight

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Satellite - Birthdays
Date Event
1857-12-16

Edward Emerson Barnard, Tenn, astronomer (Jupiter's 5th satellite)

1908-06-01

Tony Bridgewater, ... By Eurovision & Satellite

1913-11-11

Peter Black, ... By Eurovision & Satellite

1921-9-01

Nicholas Duke Biddle, Satellite in the Sky

1926-01-29

Erik Blakemore, Satellite in the Sky

1935-08-08

Shirley Lawrence, Satellite in the Sky

1971-04-28

Jeff Winner, Satellite

1979-08-29

Sara Mitchell, Building the Coolest X-ray Satellite

1980-04-04

Adam Bussell, Satellite

Satellite - Deaths
Date Event
1961-03-30

P J Melotte, discovered Jupiter's 8th satellite Pasiphae, dies

1984-11-06

S.J. de Lotbiniere, ... By Eurovision & Satellite

1990-11-23

Bo Diaz, catcher, crushed to death by a satellite dish at 37

1995-01-26

Peter Black, ... By Eurovision & Satellite

1997-02-28

Tony Bridgewater, ... By Eurovision & Satellite

2004-10-11

Nicholas Duke Biddle, Satellite in the Sky


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