WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, JULY 11: TELSTAR
Profile America — Thursday, July 11th. The far-flung reaches of planet Earth came into focus for the average American this week in 1962 with the launching of Telstar. This was the first privately owned satellite and the first to relay live television pictures across the ocean. While a major communications advance and a sensation of the day, Telstar didn't last long. It failed in December, was restored briefly, and then went dead in February 1963. Today, dozens of communications satellites allow television signals, telephone calls and computer hookups to all points of the Earth, and we take such instant communications for granted. There are 823 firms in the U.S. providing satellite telecommunication services, and they generate nearly $4.5 billion in revenue annually. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
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Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of 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 "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau