The 1962 Launch of the World's First Communications Satellite

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 joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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