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The First Voice Transmission from the First Communications Satellite (December 19, 1958)

On December 19, 1958 President Eisenhower's brief Christmas greeting was transmitted from the Project SCORE (Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment) satellite. This was the first voice transmission from the world's first communications satellite. Eisenhower said:

"This is the President of the United States speaking. Through the marvels of scientific advance, my voice is coming to you from a satellite traveling in outer space. My message is a simple one: Through this unique means I convey to you and all mankind, America's wish for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men everywhere."