USA LAUNCHES CHRISTMAS COMMUNICATION SATELLITE
Cape Canaveral, Florida (JFK+50) Fifty-eight years ago today, December 18, 1958, the United States launched a "unique communication satellite" from which the recorded voice of President Dwight D. Eisenhower would be broadcast on the following day.
Project Score or Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment would be "the first test of a communications relay system in space" as well as the first successful use of the Atlas launch vehicle.
The President's message was broadcast over shortwave via a tape recorder aboard the satellite. President Eisenhower said...
"This is the President of the United States speaking. Through the marvels of scientific advance, my voice is coming to you via a satellite circling 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."
"Eisenhower Christmas Greeting First Space to Earth Message," by Space Coast Daily, December 23, 2013, www.spacecoastdaily.com/