Vanguard TV-4
Vanguard TV-4 Zoom
Vanguard TV-4
Liftoff of Vanguard TV-4 Zoom

It is March 17, 1958 and Vanguard TV-4 (Test Vehicle) is launched from Complex 18, Pad A. This is the third attempt (TV-2 and TV-3 failed) to orbit a satellite and it is successful. The Vanguard I is a small (6.4 in.) 3.5 pound satellite that carries two radio transmitters and a temperature sensor. It is also the first solar-powered satellite. Though the Vanguard I's transmitters fell silent in 1964, it  remains in orbit to this day.

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