Home » News & Blogs » Polar orbiting satellites
Bookmark and Share
Sky Caramba

Polar orbiting satellites

16 Feb 2014, 00:00 UTC
Polar orbiting satellites
(200 words excerpt, click title or image to see full post)

At the end of February is an anniversary whose remembrance informs us of how much things have changed in science, technology, and politics. On February 28, 1959, the United States tried to launch a satellite into polar orbit. Most people didn't know at the time that the mission failed. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending February 22, 2014
At the end of February is an anniversary whose remembrance informs us of how much things have changed in science, technology, and politics. On February 28, 1959, the United States tried to launch a satellite into polar orbit. Most people didn’t know at the time that the mission failed.
In the 1950s, the American military kept an eye on the Soviet Union’s readiness for war by sending spy plane pilots deep into Soviet airspace. Pilots took pictures of suspected military bases and missile sites at considerable risk of being killed or imprisoned. Even though the airplanes could fly higher than the era’s anti-aircraft weapons could reach, a malfunction could kill a pilot or land him in the enemy’s custody.
President Dwight Eisenhower had a vision of spy satellites passing over the U.S.S.R. They would be even higher ...

Latest Vodcast

Latest Podcast

Advertise PTTU

NASA Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

astronomy_pod