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From space dream to space junk: The Vanguard 1 satellite completes 60 years in space today

Just months after the Sputnik launch, the U.S government began testing the Vanguard project. Exactly 60 years ago, on March 17th 1958, Vanguard 1 was sent into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida, becoming the second satellite launched by the U.S and the first ever to use solar cell power. After it lost communication in 1964, it is now the oldest piece of man-made space debris.

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