President Eisenhower Presents the First Voice Transmission from the First Communications Satellite

<p>An Atlas-B missile (s/n 10B) being prepared to launch the&nbsp;<a class="extiw" title="en:SCORE (satellite)" href="">SCORE</a>&nbsp;satellite from Cape Canaveral LC-11.</p>

An Atlas-B missile (s/n 10B) being prepared to launch the SCORE satellite from Cape Canaveral LC-11.

On December 19, 1958 President Eisenhower's brief Christmas greeting was transmitted from the SCORE (Signal Communication by Orbiting RElay) satellite. This was the first voice transmission from the world's first purpose-built communications satellite.  Via an on-board tape recorder 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."


Timeline Themes