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RE: Happy International Sputnik Day!
« Reply #20 on: 10/04/2007 11:02 PM »
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edkyle99 - 4/10/2007  2:22 PM


The fact is that both U.S. IGY scientific satellite programs were bit players.  WS-117L (Corona) was the real U.S. space program, the one with real, massive funding, and that was largely a U.S. Air Force show.

 - Ed Kyle


That would be an interesting alternate history. What if the first satellite was not Sputnik, Vanguard or Explorer. What if the first satellite had been Corona?

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RE: Happy International Sputnik Day!
« Reply #21 on: 10/05/2007 01:31 AM »
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Rusty_Barton - 4/10/2007  6:02 PM

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edkyle99 - 4/10/2007  2:22 PM


The fact is that both U.S. IGY scientific satellite programs were bit players.  WS-117L (Corona) was the real U.S. space program, the one with real, massive funding, and that was largely a U.S. Air Force show.

 - Ed Kyle


That would be an interesting alternate history. What if the first satellite was not Sputnik, Vanguard or Explorer. What if the first satellite had been Corona?

Or a Zenit spy satellite, for that matter, although the U.S. presumably would have won that particular race.  Discoverer 1 flew in 1959.  Cosmos 4 not until 1962.

The worldwide reaction might have been condemnation rather than admiration - something like a magnified version of the aftermath of China's messy ASAT test early this year.

 - Ed Kyle

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