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

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Editor in Chief Hayes details the launching of the first U.S. satellite in January of 1958, the operations of the Moonwatch Program and Baker-Nunn camera stations, and the data analysis program. Summarizes the achievements of the Satellite Tracking Program during the International Geophysical Year.


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Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for 1964 (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • International Geophysical Year, 1957-1958
  • Artificial satellites
  • Moonwatch Program
  • Satellite Tracking Program
  • Astrophysics
  • Baker-Nunn camera
  • Astronomy
  • Baker-Nunn Camera

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pp. 315-350

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