America's second earth satellite, a sphere the size of a grapefruit, was launched successfully from Cape Canaveral, Florida, today.
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Background: America's second earth satellite, a sphere the size of a grapefruit, was launched successfully from Cape Canaveral, Florida, today.On-the-spot cameras captured the excitement and suspense of the launching --an atmosphere spiced with the memories of the earlier failure of the American Navy's Vanguard projects. But this time there was no disintegration, no fiery collapse of the giant rocket before it left the launching pad, no breaking in two at an altitude of only a few thousand feet. This time, the pencil slim three-stage projectile, though delayed slightly by a small hitch within the control rooms, rose to the occasion exactly as planned. It climbed vertically for ten seconds, gathering speed and then turned to a South Easterly course. A trail of whitesmoke its flight and at 35 miles altitude the first stage fell away to drop into the sea about 275 miles from Cape Canaveral. The latter stages of this film are about in slow motion. The first sure proof that the 31b satellite was orbiting case from a minitracking station at San Diego which reported on the Vanguard at 9-35 am --two hours 19 minutes after the launching.