Re: I really Like "Carbon Creek"
Wiki indicates it was launched 4 October 1957, signal transmissions ended 22 days later when the batteries wore out, and it burned up on 4 January 1958.
I know Telstar was visible with the naked eye. We were leaving a church service one night in 1962 or 1963, and saw it moving across the sky.
Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard: For duty and humanity! --Men in Black, 1934