During the Cold War, the U.S. Air Force and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) developed CORONA photoreconnaissance satellites to get pictures of the Soviet Union that manned aircraft could not. There were over 120 successful missions between 1960 and 1972, and the program wasn't declassified until over 20 years later in February 1995. Join curator James David for Ask an Expert on Facebook Live to learn about the second film return capsule recovered from that mission, which is on display at our Udvar-Hazy Center.
Tune in on our Facebook page.
Attending in person, meet in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. we will go live on the National Air and Space Museum Facebook page with an Ask an Expert talk. We’ll select a different aviation or space topic each week, and a Museum staff member will discuss the history, stories, or personalities related to a specific artifact or exhibition in the Museum. Tune in on Facebook Live each week to join the talk and ask our experts questions.