September 29th, 2005

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This Day in History, 1962: A Jaunty Alouette

This one's for my Canadian friends.

Forty-three years ago today, NASA launched Alouette 1, Canada's first satellite. Alouette studied the ionosphere for ten years and took over one million images before being switched off. John Herbert Chapman, the director of the program, received many awards for his work in aerospace technology.

For more information:
Canadian Space Agency - Alouette I and II
Wikipedia: Alouette I