Only five states and territories had launches that got into orbit: Florida, California, Virginia, Alaska and Marshall Islands

But when is the first time a rocket launched from each of those that states reached orbit?

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Florida is the most easy because it had the first launch of a USA satellite.

  • Florida - 1 February 1958 - Explorer 1

For California I could only find Athena I rocket launching Lewis satellite at 23 August 1997

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    $\begingroup$ All the states are firmly affixed to the surface of the Earth. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Dec 17 '20 at 17:39
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    $\begingroup$ If you mean "an astronaut from each USA state", that's something you should be able to easily research on your own. Wikipedia has time-ordered lists of all crewed spaceflights. $\endgroup$ – Russell Borogove Dec 17 '20 at 17:41
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    $\begingroup$ Space Exploration, where "research effort" is a slogan. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Dec 17 '20 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ Jon Heller said he would answer with a quick SQL $\endgroup$ – Joe Jobs Dec 17 '20 at 18:18
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    $\begingroup$ Florida Had To. Texas was getting close, and we cannot allow a missile gap. Yeah, states were all competitive like that and not on the same team. OK that was being sarcastic, but now I realize it doesn't work when states today actually aren't on the same team. No, it wasn't like that, then. it was Team America against the Soviets, end of subject. $\endgroup$ – Harper - Reinstate Monica Dec 17 '20 at 23:48

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