First message sent from space to be preserved by Library of Congress (video)



First message sent from space to be preserved by Library of Congress video

A 1958 message by then-President Dwight Eisenhower sent from space has been selected for National Recording Registry archives alongside 25 other notable recordings like Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and, er, Chubby Checker’s The Twist. Each audio recording was selected by the Library of Congress because of their cultural, artistic or historic importance to the United States however, the first message ever broadcasted from a space satellite was a short one. Eisenhower’s 30-second speech included “America’s wish for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men everywhere” and could be heard on shortwave radio as the satellite passed overhead. Project Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment (SCORE) was the world’s first communications satellite and we’ve added a suitably old-school newsreel of its launch (and that slightly scrambled message) after the break.

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