November 30, 2022

On This Day In Space: Sept. 28, 1962: Canada launches its 1st satellite

On This Day In Space: Sept. 28, 1962: Canada launches its 1st satellite
On This Day In Space: Sept. 28, 1962: Canada launches its 1st satelliteOn This Day In Space: Sept. 28, 1962: Canada launches its 1st satellite

On Sept. 28, 1962, Canada launched its first satellite, Alouette 1. This made Canada the third country to build and launch its own satellite after the U.S. and the Soviet Union. 

Alouette 1 was designed to study Earth’s ionosphere, which is a region in the upper atmosphere that is ionized by solar and cosmic radiation.

An illustration of Canada's first satellite, Alouette-1.

An illustration of Canada’s first satellite, Alouette-1, which launched Sept. 28, 1962. (Image credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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The mission lasted 10 years before the satellite was decommissioned, but the derelict satellite is still orbiting the Earth.

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