Re: Spy Satellites at the Air Force Museum

Date: Mon Jan 30 2012 - 03:33:45 UTC

  • Next message: Ted Molczan: "RE: Spy Satellites at the Air Force Museum"

    Ted Molczan wrote:
    "This is my favourite, especially the pair of images at bottom:"
    My favorites are the photos on the lower right and the upper left. 
    The photo at lower right shows a Soviet N-1 moon rocket. And given the date, it's the most historically significant N-1. When it was set up on the launch pad, apparently it persuaded the strategic folks associated with NASA that it was time to go to the Moon and quick. And thus was born Apollo 8. That photo changed the history of manned space flight.
    The image on the upper left of course shows one of the giant ground effect vehicles which became known in the west as the "Caspian Sea Monster". There's a nice article here:
    Back to satellites, when Hexagons were launched in the 1970s, what were they called publicly on launch? Was it obvious that they were spy satellites by then? 
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