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."