Corona, reconnaissance missions during the Cold War

Corona was the nation’s first photo reconnaissance satellite system, operating from August 1960 until May 1972.

The U2 incident contributed to the perceived urgency and necessity of the program.

Although it faced initial problems, the US was able to hide its existence under the umbrella of the space program. Scientists were pushed to improve technology in order to improve results.

It is an interesting look at a reconnaissance program that students would enjoy.