BELL TELEPHONE LABORATORIES PRESENTS
SOUNDS FROM SPACE
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
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
Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc.