Section of umbilical cable used in the launch of the Explorer 1 satellite, approximately 18″ long with a 2.25 x 1 plug at the end. Housed in a shadow box to an overall size of 9.5 x 9.5. In fine condition, with some wear and fraying to cloth braid covering. The cord plugged into the missile and was used as a method of emergency cutoff in case it did not have enough thrust to take off; upon complete liftoff, the cord was ejected. This is the very last thing on Earth to have touched America’s first satellite, the Explorer 1. RR Auction COA.
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