Re: Subject: 1st Communication Satellite: A Giant Space Balloon 50 Years

From: kd6nrp@earthlink.net
Date: Thu Aug 19 2010 - 14:54:12 UTC

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    Good Morning;
    
    Thanks for those interesting links. The question about the 70mm film can was amusing.
    
    The Discoverer program did not receive much attention at first. The Air Force said that they were using it perform research such as launching and recovering fertilized frog and sea urchin eggs.
    
    In the early 1960s the launches were becoming a regular thing. Questions then arose why the U.S. Air Force needed to launch and recover biological specimens every few weeks.
    
    President Kennedy then classified the Discoverer launches.
    
    Regards,
    
    Brian Webb
    
    
    -----Original Message-----
    >From: William Blair <wbblair3@yahoo.com>
    >Sent: Aug 19, 2010 6:36 AM
    >To: seesat-l@satobs.org
    >Subject: Subject: 1st Communication Satellite: A Giant Space Balloon 50 Years
    >
    >> http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/echo-1-worlds-first-communications-satellite-100818.html
    >> 
    >> Kevin
    >
    >Here's a newsreel of that and of one other important anniversary:
    >
    >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO2LkmBDle4
    >
    >The general: "Within this capsule, Mr. President, are a great many telemetering equipments and other scientific devices.  However, there is one other package... hey, what is this 70mm film cassette doing in here?"
    >
    >The story of the flag on Discoverer XIII:
    >
    >http://www.livefromsiliconvalley.com/space/DISCXIII.html
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