The world’s first international communications satellite, Telstar I, launched into orbit this month 58 years ago.

A collaboration between the US, Britain, and France, Telstar I introduced the world to trans-Atlantic video feeds and ushered in a new era of communication.  It successfully relayed through space the first television pictures, telephone calls, and  telegraph  images, and provided the first live transatlantic television feed. Launched by NASA aboard a Delta Rocket from Cape Canaveral on July 10, 1962, Telstar 1 was the first privately sponsored space launch.