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Making the first forecast for a US satellite

If you love history, you will be fascinated by this story about a stubborn meteorologist who made the crucial forecast for the launch of the first US satellite in January 1958 following the flight of the USSR’s Sputnik in late 1957 . They could not afford to get the launch wrong and depended on him to get the satellite into space. You can read the story at Daily Press at

Lt. John Meisenheimer, the Air Force weather liaison officer at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, gave the weather forecast for the launch of Explorer 1 in late January 1958. Here he is pictured at the Cape in 1956. (Courtesy of John Meisenheimer)