Lead: In the summer of 1962, AT&T launched and tested the first commercial satellite, Telstar.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: On October 4, 1957 for the first time a man-made object joined the heavenly host. Along with the planets, stars, asteroids, and assorted space dust came Sputnik, a tiny silver sphere, one of the first steps in the human engagement with regions beyond earth. For the United States, however, Sputnik represented a positive threat. No longer would American technological expertise go unchallenged or be guaranteed uncontested domination in the world of military defense or industrial progress. The launching of the Soviet satellite, which was followed by vehicles of even greater weight and complexity, served as a wake-up call to the west. Science and technology received new emphasis in schools and universities, and the alliance between government and private enterprise intensified its efforts at innovation. One area receiving particular interest was communication. How could the vast reaches of space be utilized to hasten the transfer of information and enhance human contact?

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