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CORONA Satellite Photography

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  • Abstract
    On February 24, 1995, President Clinton signed an Executive Order, directing the declassification of intelligence imagery acquired by the first generation of United States photo-reconnaissance satellites, including the systems code-named CORONA, ARGON, and LANYARD. More than 860,000 images of the Earth's surface, collected between 1960 and 1972, were declassified with the issuance of this Executive Order. Image collection was driven, in part, by the need to confirm purported developments in then-Soviet strategic missile capabilities. The images also were used to produce maps and charts for the Department of Defense and for other Federal Government mapping programs. In addition to the images, documents and reports (collateral information) are available, pertaining to frame ephemeris data, orbital ephemeris data, and mission performance. Document availability varies by mission; documentation was not produced for unsuccessful missions.

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    There is no guarantee of warranty concerning the accuracy of these data. Users should be aware that temporal changes may have occurred since the data was collected and that some parts of these data may no longer represent actual surface conditions. Users should not use these data for critical applications without a full awareness of their limitations. Acknowledgement of the originating agencies would be appreciated in products derived from these data. Any user who modifies the data set is obligated to describe the types of modifications they perform. User specifically agrees not to misrepresent the data set, nor to imply that changes made were approved or endorsed by the U.S. Geological Survey. Please refer to http://www.usgs.gov/privacy.html for the USGS disclaimer.
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    Science Keywords
    • EARTH SCIENCE
    • SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING
    • INFRARED WAVELENGTHS
    • INFRARED IMAGERY
    • EARTH SCIENCE
    • SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING
    • VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS
    • VISIBLE IMAGERY
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Ancillary Keywords
  • ARGON
  • CARTOGRAPHIC CAMERA
  • CORONA
  • DECLASSIFIED
  • USGS/EROS
  • ENVIRONMENTAL
  • IMAGERY
  • LANYARD
  • PANORAMIC CAMERA
  • PHOTO-RECONNAISSANCE
  • PHOTOGRAPHS
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
  • SATELLITE
  • USGS
ISO Topic Categories
  • IMAGERY/BASE MAPS/EARTH COVER
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  • CORONA
    Instruments
  • ARGON
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  • LANYARD
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    • CONTINENT
    • ASIA
    • CONTINENT
    • EUROPE
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    • GLOBAL

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    Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior

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    National Archives and Records Administration

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    EROS CENTER

    LTA Customer Services
    U.S. Geological Survey
    EROS Center
    Sioux Falls, SD 57198-0001

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    • 605-594-6589
    • 605-594-6151, 800-252-4547
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    INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

    Information Systems Management
    U.S. Geological Survey
    EROS Data Center
    Sioux Falls, SD 57198-0001

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    • 605-594-6589
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    EROS CENTER

    DOI/USGS/EROS

    LTA Customer Services
    U.S. Geological Survey
    EROS Center
    Sioux Falls, SD 57198-0001

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    • 605-594-6589
    • 605-594-6151, 800-252-4547
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    National Archives and Records Administration
    8601 Adelphi Road
    College Park, MD 20740

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    • CORONA Satellite Photography

      Created by: U.S. Geological Survey

      Published by: U.S. Geological Survey

      Released: 1995-01-01

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