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Army Man: Gen. John Medaris
Gen. John Medaris

Army General John Medaris headed the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, which oversaw both JPL and Wernher von Braunís rocket team in Huntsville, Ala. JPL and the Army teamed up to launch Explorer 1. The Huntsville team provided the first-stage rocket, while JPL built the upper stages and the satellite that carried the science payload. Medaris played a pivotal role in advancing the development of Explorer 1.

Image credit: U.S. Army

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