The birth of space science
Today’s Video of the Day comes from NASA and features a look at the historic day that many consider to be the birth of space science.
On January 31st, 1958, the United States successfully launched the Explorer 1 satellite, marking their official entry into the space race and leveling the playing field with the Soviet Union.
Explorer 1 marked the first time humans sent scientific instruments into space to collect data and relay it back to Earth, opening up entirely new fields of science.
Video Credit: NASA