We were in Rockford, Illinois in 1960, and I recall standing in the back yard to watch Echo move across the night sky. I understood it was history in the making, and I gazed long at that friendly light. In the darkness, as Jerry and I stood there with Steve who was almost 3 years old, I remember singing this little song:
Little Sir Echo, how do you do. Hello. Hello. Little Sir Echo, how do you do. Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. Won’t you come over and play today.today…..
Following the failure of the Delta rocket carrying Echo 1 on May 13, 1960, Echo 1A (commonly referred to as just Echo 1) was successfully put in a 1519 x 1687 km orbit on August 12, 1960. The 30.5 meter (100 foot) diameter balloon was made of 0.127 mm (0.005 inch) thick metallized Mylar polyester film and was successfully used to redirect transcontinental and intercontinental telephone, radio, and television signals. The satellite also aided the calculation of atmospheric density and solar pressure due to its large area-to-mass ratio. As its shiny surface was also reflective in the range of visible light, Echo 1A was visible to the unaided eye over most of the Earth. Brighter than most stars, it was probably seen by more people than any other man-made object in space. Echo 1A reentered Earth’s atmosphere and burned up on May 24, 1968. Credit to Wikipedia
And now, many years later with much space history in between, Ms. Ansari has become the first woman space tourist. from BBC
Ms Ansari replaced a Japanese businessman on the trip
The first woman space tourist has blasted off on a Russian Soyuz rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan. The mission is carrying Iranian-born businesswoman, Anousheh Ansari, along with a fresh crew for the International Space Station (ISS).
Ms Ansari, a 40-year-old US citizen, is thought to have paid at least $20m (£10.6m) for the mission.
All exciting, and although I may not have the nerve to do so, I would love to be a passenger on such a ship. But I’m actually waiting for the most spectacular space flight of all.
Its story is told in I Thessalonians 4:16-17:
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”