A Celebration of the Explorer I Mission and the Discovery of Earth's Radiation Belts – Jan. 31

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host an event on Jan. 31 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1, whose successful launch was announced during a crowded news conference at the National Academy of Sciences.  (More about the Academy's scientific role in the United States' satellite program).

The agenda will focus on scientific and technological advances since the 1958 launch that have improved both the understanding of our planet as well as the knowledge about the universe and how it works.  Invited speakers will discuss the history of the mission and its discovery of Earth's radiation belts as well as the latest results from the NASA’s Van Allen Probes and missions observing the Earth system, and conclude with presentations on the frontiers of space science.

Click here for more information, an agenda, or to watch the live webcast. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #Explorer1.

The event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. EST in the Fred Kavli Auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.  Reporters who wish to attend should register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.