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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for December 18

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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EARTH ORBIT

Profile AmericaWednesday, December 18th. The satellite Atlas was launched from Cape Canaveral on this date in 1958. The spacecraft would make history the next day, beaming the first voice heard from space — a recording of President Eisenhower with a 58-word Christmas greeting. These words came at the height of the Cold War and the space race with the Soviet Union. Today, satellites daily perform vital functions — tracking the weather, relaying millions of telephone calls and computer links, as well as radio and television signals. Satellite manufacturing in the U.S. is a nearly $4 billion dollar a year business, while launch services earning another billion dollars. Worldwide, the manufacturing of satellites earns well over $10 billion per year, and launches almost $4 billion. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources: http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-032113a.html
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2011/tables/11s0817.xls

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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