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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 https://www.dailypress.com/os-bz-john-meisenheimer-profile-20190124-story.html.

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)