WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18: GREETINGS FROM SPACE
Profile America -- Saturday, December 18th. The satellite Atlas was launched from Cape Canaveral on this date in 1958. The spacecraft would make history the next day, beaming the first voice heard from space -- a recording of President Eisenhower with a 58 word Christmas greeting, including the words: "To all mankind, America's wish for peace on Earth and good will toward men everywhere." Today, satellites daily perform vital functions -- tracking the weather, relaying millions of telephone calls and computer links, as well as radio and television signals, and performing important intelligence work. Through the first eight years of the last decade, the U.S. launched 57 noncommercial space vehicles, along with 104 commercial launches. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2009, p. 596
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 797
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau