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Issue Date: 16/10/2012
Issue Name: Space Science - 50th Anniversary of the 1st British Satellite
Producer: Buckingham Covers
2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1st British Satellite. To commemorate this occasion we have produced this stunning cover. Our beautiful cover features an illustration of a space rocket launching along with our North Star Avenue, Swindon postmark, and is available signed by Richard Gordon, Gene Cernan, or Walt Cunningham.
50th Anniversary of the First British Satellite 1962 - 2012
In the autumn of 1945 an RAF electronics officer and member of the British Interplanetary Society, Arthur C. Clarke, wrote a short article in Wireless World that described the use of manned satellites in 24-hour orbits high above the world’s landmasses to distribute television programs. It showed how geostationary satellites would work. Twenty years later the idea was tested by the Soviet Union. The first British Satellite Ariel 1 was sent into space in 1962 from the USA.
Ariel 1, also known as UK-1 and S-55, was the first British satellite, and the first satellite in the Ariel programme. Its launch in 1962 made the United Kingdom the third country to operate a satellite, after the Soviet Union and the USA. It was launched aboard a Thor Delta rocket from Launch Complex 17A at Cape Canaveral on April 26th 1962. It lasted till 24th May 1976 when it finally decayed.
Ariel 1 was designed to contribute to the current knowledge of the ionosphere and of sun-ionosphere relationships. The satellite was a 62 kg cylinder with a 58-cm diameter and a height of 22 cm. A tape recorder and instrumentation for one cosmic-ray, two solar emissions, and three ionospheric experiments were on board the satellite Jun 1, 1962 – Jun 1962 Orbiting of First British Satellite hits far Side of Moon An optical laser was beamed on the moon and reflected back to earth–the first time in history that man had illuminated the surface of another celestial planet.
The Ariel programme continued for 17 years with Ariel 6 being launched on the 2nd June 1979.
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Richard Francis Gordon Jr. was an American naval officer and aviator, chemist, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. He was one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, as the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 12 mission.
Eugene Andrew Cernan was an American astronaut, naval aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, and fighter pilot.
Ronnie Walter Cunningham, better known as Walter Cunningham, is a retired American astronaut. In 1968, he was a Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 7 mission.
Gregory Harold "Box" Johnson is a NASA astronaut and a retired colonel in the United States Air Force. Johnson is a veteran of two space flights, STS-123 and STS-134.
Margaret Rhea Seddon is a physician and retired NASA astronaut. After being selected as part of the first group of astronauts to include women, she flew on three Space Shuttle flights.
Bruce McCandless II was a U.S. naval officer and aviator, electrical engineer, and NASA astronaut. In 1984, during the first of his two Space Shuttle missions, he made the first untethered free flight by using the Manned Maneuvering Unit.
Robert Lee "Hoot" Gibson is a former American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and a retired NASA astronaut, as well as a professional pilot who currently races regularly at the annual Reno Air Races.
Alfred Merrill "Al" Worden is an American astronaut and engineer who was the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971. He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon.
Jack Robert Lousma is an American aeronautical engineer, retired United States Marine Corps officer, former naval aviator, NASA astronaut, and politician. He was a member of the second manned crew on the Skylab space station in 1973.
Edward George Gibson is a former NASA astronaut, pilot, engineer, and physicist. Before becoming a NASA astronaut, Gibson graduated from the University of Rochester and the California Institute of Technology.
Vance DeVoe Brand is an American former naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut.