Speaker: Allison Jaynes, University of Iowa
On January 31, 1958, the first U.S. satellite (Explorer 1) was launched from Cape Canaveral, beginning 60 years of extraordinary technological and scientific advances. The Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Explorer 1 mission and the associated discovery of the Earth’s radiation belts on January 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. The agenda focused on scientific and technological advances over the last 60 years, beginning with the history of the mission and radiation belt discoveries and continuing with the latest results from the NASA’s Van Allen Probes and missions observing the Earth system. The final session featured presentations on the frontiers of space science.
This event was organized with the support of NASA and the 58-67 Fund for Space and Aeronautics. Learn more about the work of the Space Studies Board at nas.edu/ssb.