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Vanguard | Vanguard

Lockheed Martin | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
March 17, 1958, 12:15 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Small satellite used to test the Vanguard three-stage launch vehicle.

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Juno-I | Explorer 2

Chrysler | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
March 5, 1958, 6:27 p.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission:

Small satellite similar to Explorer 1. It failed to reach orbit due to a fourth stage failure.

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Vanguard | Vanguard

Lockheed Martin | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Feb. 5, 1958, 7:33 a.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission:

Small satellite used to test the Vanguard three-stage launch vehicle.

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Juno-I | Explorer 1

Chrysler | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Feb. 1, 1958, 3:47 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

First successfully launched American satellite. It was the first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen Radiation Belt.

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Vanguard | Vanguard

Lockheed Martin | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Dec. 6, 1957, 4:44 p.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission:

Small satellite used to test the Vanguard three-stage launch vehicle.

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Sputnik 8K74PS | Sputnik 2

Energia | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
Nov. 3, 1957, 2:30 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Second artificial satellite and first to carry an animal into orbit.

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Sputnik 8K74PS | Sputnik 1

Energia | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
Oct. 4, 1957, 7:28 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

First artificial satellite consisting of a 58 cm pressurized aluminium shell containing two 1 W transmitters for a total mass of 83.6 kg.

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