Tuesday 26 April 2016

Astrognome Scrapbook Ariel 1

Ariel 1

The first British satellite, Ariel 1 was launched on April 26th 1962.  It was designed to study radiation from the Sun. 

Ariel 1 was among several satellites accidentally damaged or destroyed by the U S Starfish Prime high-altitude nuclear test on July 9, 1962. Ariel 1 re entered the Earth’s atmosphere and burnt up on 24 April 1976.

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