February 3, 1966: ESSA-1 First Operational Satellite
1966 – The US launched the first operational satelliteat 7:41 UTC. The Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA-1) was a weather satellite and the first one the US put into space. This is a spin-stabilized satellite meant to hover over Earth. ESSA-1 orbited every 100 minutes.
The device orbited Earth and sent meteorological photos back until October 6, 1966 when the camera failed. ESSA-1 was officially deactivated on May 8, 1967.
Wikazine – Full show notes for February 3
- Apple phases out computers in Best Buy, Circuit City, Office Max and Sears
- Free-PC will no longer give away Free PCs
- Microsoft releases Windows XP SP1