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    After World War II (1945-1958)

Control Room, Cape Canaveral Air Station
We orbited the earth.


Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Control Room, Launch Pad 26
Patrick Air Force Base, Florida

   You probably know more about the Apollo and Saturn missions than our very first flight into space. On the night of January 31, 1958, the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Team placed a 30-pound, pencil-shaped satellite called Explorer I into earth orbit. Major General John B. Medaris headed the team. A special Geiger counter designed by Dr. James Van Allen was also on board Explorer I. The belt of radiation that surrounds the earth was discovered that night, and later named the "Van Allen radiation belt."

  The Control Room at Launch Pad 26-with all its incredible buttons and dials--is now part of the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Museum.

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