American launches her first earth satellite in outer space - 'Explorer'.
Cape Canaveral, United States of America (USA).
GV. First US satellite to be sent into outer space, "Explorer", being prepared on its launching platform for firing. CU. Platforms round the nose of the rocket, pan down to base of rocket. SCU. Platforms being closed round the nose of the rocket. GV. Recording optical tracking installations at Cape Canaveral. CU. Interior, operator looking through tracking machine. LV. Rocket being prepared for firing at night. CU. Nose of the rocket with satellite at the top, revolving round. GV. Rocket about to be fired, explosion, rocket starts to rise and goes out of picture. AS. Rocket soars to orbit at night, it speeds through, fire trail seen.