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Corona 50th Anniversary

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Corona program, SMC sponsored a luncheon and panel discussion with program veterans including retired Maj. Generals Jack Kulpa and Don Hard; retired Brig. Gen. Bill King; and retired Colonels David Raspet, Frank “Buzz” Buzard and Bob Kleinman. The program, known publicly as Discoverer and code named Corona, became the world's first satellite to provide reconnaissance photographs. After 12 unsuccessful launches, Discoverer 13 was successfully launched on Aug. 10, 1960 and was recovered by the U.S. Navy floating in the ocean. Discoverer 14 was launched on Aug. 18, 1960 and orbited the earth 17 times taking photographs. After being ejected from the satellite the capsule was successfully recovered by a C-119 "Flying Boxcar" on Aug. 19. The final satellite in the program was Corona 145, launched in 1972. (Photo by Lou Hernandez)

PHOTO BY: Lou Hernandez
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