The 1962 Launch of the World's First Communications Satellite

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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.

 

For more films from the Internet Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/.

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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