Watch some old Telstar footage on its 50th anniversary

World's first telecommunications satellite was launched 50 years ago today

Check out some cool archive footage (courtesy of our friends at the IDG News Service) of the announcement of the launch of the Telstar satellite. Launched on July 10, 1962, the satellite was the first one that could broadcast live video across the Atlantic Ocean.

In this video, we get another newsreel report talking about the first bit of footage that was shared with Europe, a news conference with President John F. Kennedy:

Our friends at the AT&T Tech Channel have posted this film as well, a 27-minute look at how the Bell System, in cooperation with NASA, developed the Telstar satellite and participated in the launch and transmission of signals.

One cool note: According to AT&T, "Telstar is still up there in space as of 2011…surrounded by thousands of its dead satellite brethren" (the satellite remained functional only until February 1963).

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