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2008-01-31 07:35:00

Explorer 1 was the first satellite launched by the United States when it was sent into space on January 31, 1958. The primary science instrument on Explorer 1 was a cosmic ray detector designed to measure the radiation environment in Earth orbit.


Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.