SOUNDS FROM SPACE - Everything including ECHO - Bell Labs
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Communication via artificial earth satellites was proved feasible by Project Echo on August 12, 1960. This recording commemorates the experiment which was carried out under the direction of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration by Bell Telephone Laboratories, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the United States Naval Research Laboratory.

Side 1 Prelude to Space Communications

Some of the most significant scientific events leading to the launching of the Echo I satellite on August 12, 1960 are described here. Excerpts from messages received from previous artificial satellites in space are presented, including Sputnik I, Sputnik II, Explorer I, Vanguard I, Explorer III, Sputnik III. Explorer IV, Pioneer I and Pioneer V. Also, samples of messages received from the U. S. Army Signal Research and Development satellite "Score" are presented. The side concludes with excerpts of messages reflected from balloons in space during space communications experiments just prior to the launching of Echo I.

Side 2 Project Echo

This is the story of the experiment in space communications called Project Echo. The narration is interspersed with on-the-spot recordings obtained during the actual experiment at Bell Telephone Laboratories' space communications center, Holmdel, New Jersey. Also included are messages reflected from the Echo satellite in space: messages from President Dwight D. Eisenhower; Senator Lyndon Johnson; Dr. R. M. Page, Director of Research of the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory at Stump Neck, Md.; and the first coast to coast telephone conversation via a satellite in space.


This record was produced with the cooperation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Some of the voices of the satellites are presented through the courtesy of the ITT Mackay Radio tracking station, Southampton, L.I., where they were received from space and recorded. Other satellite voices and recordings from the "Score" satellite were obtained from the U. S. Army Signal Research and Development Laboratory, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.

Produced by: Bell Telephone Laboratories

Written and directed by: Bruce E. Strasser, Publication Department 1960.

 Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc.


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(Thanks  to David Breneman for scanning  and digitizing audio files)




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