WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Monday, December 19th. 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. These words came at the height of the Cold War and early in the space race. Just 14½ months earlier, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite. Today, satellites daily perform vital functions — tracking the weather, relaying millions of telephone calls and computer links, as well as radio and television signals. Currently, there are around 1,400 active satellites in Earth's orbit. Satellite telecommunications in the U.S. involves nearly 500 establishments in a $6.8 billion a year business, and employs over 8,200 people. Profile America is in its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Atlas launch & voice recording/accessed 10/20/2016: http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-032113a.html
Sputnik/accessed 10/20/2016: http://history.nasa.gov/sputnik/
Current satellite count/accessed 10/16/2016: http://www.statista.com/statistics/264472/number-of-satellites-in-orbit-by-operating-country/
Satellite telecommunications establishments and employment/NAICS 5174: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~5174
Satellite telecommunications value of receipts/NAICS 5174:
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau