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A Celebration of the Explorer I Mission and the Discovery of Earth's Radiation Belts

A Celebration of the Explorer I Mission and the Discovery of Earth's Radiation Belts


On January 31, 1958, the first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1, was launched from Cape Canaveral, and with it began 60 years of extraordinary technological and scientific advances. The Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Explorer 1 mission and the associated discovery of the Earth’s radiation belts on January 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. The agenda will focus on scientific and technological advances over the last 60 years, beginning with the history of the mission and radiation belt discoveries and continuing with the latest results from the NASA’s Van Allen Probes and missions observing the Earth system. The event will conclude with presentations on the frontiers of space science.


January 31, 2018

12:30 PM – 5:30 PM EST


National Academy of Sciences Auditorium

2101 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20418 


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This event is being organized with the support of NASA and the 58-67 Fund for Space and Aeronautics.