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(The Smithsonian)   Sixty years ago today: The first artifical object that used to be in orbit is successfully recovered on Earth. This was good news for the C.I.A   (airandspace.si.edu) divider line
    More: Murica, Spacecraft, Discoverer satellite program, Discoverer XIII reentry capsule, Central Intelligence Agency Corona photoreconnaissance, United States Air Force, Moon, Soviet Union, Corona  
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2020-08-11 11:48:41 PM  
Next Photoshop fur sure
 
2020-08-11 11:56:12 PM  
This may have been the first recovery, but Sputnik 1 had already used to be orbit before this one was launched.
 
2020-08-11 11:57:21 PM  
Oops, I deorbited my in
 
2020-08-12 12:24:29 AM  

HighwayBill: This may have been the first recovery, but Sputnik 1 had already used to be orbit before this one was launched.


Sputnik 1's orbit  decayed. The artifact in question was intentionally deorbited. Soon afterwards satellites were launched with film and the film was returned to Earth to be developed. (Digital photography was not yet good enough for spying.)
 
2020-08-12 1:18:10 AM  
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2020-08-12 2:18:26 AM  
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2020-08-12 2:43:51 AM  
and 8 days later a more significant spacecraft landed Korabl-Sputnik 2
 
2020-08-12 6:43:02 AM  
And leading to the plot of a great Cold War story:

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2020-08-12 7:30:49 AM  

tuckeg: and 8 days later a more significant spacecraft landed Korabl-Sputnik 2


I think satellite photography for intelligence purposes is more significant.  It has a much more direct impact on all of our lives than sending living things into space and returning them safely.
 
2020-08-12 11:34:50 AM  
The Discoverer/Corona payloads had a very simple fail-safe system in case of failure-to-retrieve so that it wouldn't fall into Soviet hands; a plug made out of salt that would dissolve when in contact with sea water. Once the plug was dissolved, the payload would take on water and sink.

One payload DID land on Soviet territory though. Once the Russians retrieved it and opened it up, they found it was just a Discoverer science payload containing some mice.

There are some relics left of the Corona program in existence, like the ground calibration markers made of concrete.

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2020-08-12 5:58:14 PM  

dittybopper: tuckeg: and 8 days later a more significant spacecraft landed Korabl-Sputnik 2

I think satellite photography for intelligence purposes is more significant.  It has a much more direct impact on all of our lives than sending living things into space and returning them safely.


Of course you do.
 
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