The Smithsonian's Satellite-Tracking Program: Its History and Organization, Part II

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Article by Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Editor in Chief Hayes details the effects of the Sputnik launching on the Satellite Tracking Program, initial problems in getting the tracking system running, the first trackers under the Moonwatch Program, Baker-Nunn cameras, and computations, ending with U.S. attempts to launch its own satellite after Sputnik.


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Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for 1963 (Book)

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  • Artificial satellites
  • Moonwatch Program
  • Satellite Tracking Program
  • Astrophysics
  • Baker-Nunn camera
  • Astronomy
  • Baker-Nunn Camera
  • Sputnik

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pp. 331-357

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