We're opening access to American History in Video through April 30, 2009 at http://ahivfree.alexanderstreet.com. Through our blog series, Today in History, we'll feature video clips related to historical events occurring on today's date.
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On April 1, 1960, the first successful weather satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. TIROS I, the first in a series of Television Infrared Observation Satellites, was designed to take television footage of weather patterns while orbiting Earth. Although short-lived, TIROS I proved the usefulness of satellite weather observation. A joint project between several government agencies (NASA, US Army Signal Corps, NGA, NWS) and electronics company RCA, the TIROS series paved the way modern weather satellits including those laucnhed by NOAA.
Experience history as never before with American History in Video. Click the image below to view newsreel footage of the launch of TIROS in streaming video.