The 1962 Launch of the World's First Communications Satellite

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

A Universal News Reel segment celebrates the launch of AT&T's Telstar satellite, the first to relay TV signals around the globe. This clip, courtesy of the Internet Archive, shows the spherical, solar-powered machine lifting off from Cape Canaveral, and explains the signal relay over the Atlantic with animated diagrams. The Telstar launch is one of many historic events featured in Alan Taylor's "50 Years Ago: The World in 1962" photo series.

In a clip from another Universal News Reel, President Kennedy commends the Telstar project in his first press conference broadcast to Europe.

 

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