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The first satellite launched by the United States was Explorer 1 on January 31, 1958.


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LEADING THE WAY - Kennedy is the lead NASA center for Expendable Launch VehiclesEngineers at work inside a launch control room.
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  MISSION ARCHIVES
 
 Check out detailed information about the spacecraft and launch vehicles that have lofted important scientific missions into Earth's orbit and to the outer reaches of our solar system.

 
 Launch of NOAA-N Prime
2009 Launch Archive
A Delta II rockets lifts the NOAA-N Prime satellite into orbit during the first launch of 2009.
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 GLAST Launches
2008 Launch Archive
A Delta II rocket boosted the GLAST spacecraft into orbit during the first launch of an expendable launch vehicle in 2008.
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 THEMIS launches from Kennedy Space Center
2007 Launch Archive
THEMIS kicked-off the ELV launch year with a mid-February liftoff to study the Northern Lights.
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 An aerial view of New Horizons atop an Atlas V rocket poised for launch.
2006 Launch Archive
This was a year of diverse scientific launches from a variety of launch vehicles -- delivering satellites into Earth's orbit and sending a spacecraft soaring through space to reach Pluto and beyond.
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 Launch of the MRO spacecraft atop an Atlas V rocket
2005 Launch Archive
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was NASA's first launch of an Atlas V on an interplanetary mission.
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 Launch of NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft on a Delta II Heavy launch vehicle
2004 Launch Archive
NASA's Launch Services Program hosted a year of successful Delta II launches supporting groundbreaking science and spacecraft.
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 A L-1011 takes off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. carrying the Pegasus XL GALEX under its belly.
2003 Launch Archive
This was an ambitious year for NASA with the liftoff of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity and a total of five Delta II and Pegasus XL launches.
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 Artistic rendering of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite
2002 Launch Archive
The Tracking and Relay Satellite (TDRS) system is a cluster of communication satellites that are used to relay voice, video and data. Two TDRS satellites were launched this year.
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 Artistic rendering of the 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft
2001 Launch Archive
Delivered into orbit around Mars, NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft has sent a profusion of information to Earth about Martian geology, climate and mineralogy.
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 Artistic drawing of the IMAGE spacecraft
2000 Launch Archive
The IMAGE spacecraft was the first satellite mission dedicated to imaging the Earth's magnetosphere -- the region of space controlled by the Earth's magnetic field.
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