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The First Communications Satellite

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Project SCORE
The First Communications Satellite
Launched in an Atlas rocket on December 18, 1958, SCORE provided a first test of a communications relay system in space and captured world attention by broadcasting a Christmas message via short wave frequency from U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower through an onboard tape recorder. SCORE was an acronym for Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment

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