Forty Years Ago in the Washington Post

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Mon Oct 28 2002 - 08:12:52 EST

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    The Washington Post has made available digitized copies of the paper from the period of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Here is the URL of
    the Sunday, October 28, 1962 edition:
    In those days, many newspapers published predictions of satellite passes, often located adjacent to the weather map, so I found the
    weather page, and sure enough, there it was:
    Satellite Echo Schedule
    The Echo Satellite is scheduled to pass over the Washington area at the following times this week:
    Monday [October 29, 1962] - 7:55 p.m., south of the city, 68 degrees above the horizon, moving south-east.
    Tuesday - 6:57 p.m., north of the city, 87 degrees above the horizon, moving southeast
    To see the remainder of the Echo predictions, download page 30 using the list box near the top of the page at the above URL.
    Just below the Echo article, I found another type of report that was all too common in those days:
    Daily Radioactivity Reading
    Washington's atmospheric radioactivity yesterday was 5 micromicrocuries per cubic meter of air, the District Bureau of Environmental
    Health reported. The previous day's reading was 9. The range before the Russian and American tests was 2 to 5 micromicrocuries.
    Ted Molczan
    P.S Here are the Echo 1 elements closest to the period covered by the Washington Post article:
    1 00049U 60009  A 62297.31504770  .00030043 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 01274
    2 00049 047.2639 212.2997 0635248 356.3727 003.1877 12.45331490099083
    1 00049U 60009  A 62308.62458609  .00033866 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 01287
    2 00049 047.2803 175.1675 0653176 039.2869 325.2769 12.46144570100498
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