February 11, 1970 : The world’s fourth space power

Introduction

From the Kagoshima Space Center on the east coast of Japan’s Ohsumi Peninsula, Ohsumi, Japan’s first satellite, is successfully launched into an orbit around Earth. The achievement made Japan the world’s fourth space power, after the Soviet Union in 1957, the United States in 1958, and France in 1965.

Two months after Japan’s launching of Ohsumi, China became the world’s fifth space power when it successfully launched Mao 1 into space. The satellite, named after Mao Zedong, the leader of communist China, orbited Earth broadcasting the Chinese patriotic song The East Is Red once a minute.

Article Details:

February 11, 1970 : The world’s fourth space power

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2010

  • Title

    February 11, 1970 : The world’s fourth space power

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-worlds-fourth-space-power

  • Access Date

    November 19, 2017

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    A+E Networks