February 9, 1960

1960: The Air Force dedicates the National Space Surveillance Control Center (SPACETRACK) at Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts. The United States Space Surveillance Network (SSN) detects, tracks, catalogs and identifies artificial objects orbiting Earth. These objects include active/inactive satellites, spent rocket bodies, or fragmentation debris. The system is the responsibility of United States Space Command and operated by the United States Space Force.