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The original American spacecraft celebration: Explorer 1
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At a 1958 press conference following the launch of Explorer 1, three key team members triumphantly hoist a full-scale model of the satellite for the media. From left to right: William H. Pickering, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Dr. James Van Allen, University of Iowa physicist; Wernher von Braun, designer of the Explorer 1's Jupiter-C launch vehicle.
Original image data dated on or about February 1, 1958
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