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The Discoverer Program was a fake to conceal the Corona Program as a series of photo-reconnaissance spy satellites Corona was the first photo-reconnaissance program and the beginnings for military and space imaging programs of today Corona was developed in secrecy so that the targeted nations wouldnt know what was planned The US government announced a series of scientific goals including biological and reentry experiments for space flight but none were actually planned The cover was really elaborate that an entire staff who didnt know about Corona was assigned to Discoverer where scientific instruments were placed on Discoverer satellites and removed before launch We found out Corona today because President Clinton signed an executive order on February 24 1995 releasing information and more than 800000 images of the Earth taken by the Corona Program The Corona satellites were unimaginable with its many many objectives First it imaged all of Soviets medium-range intermediate-range and ICBM complexes Second it imaged each Soviet submarine class from deployment to operational bases Third it provided inventories of Soviet bombers and fighters Fourth it revealed the presence of Soviet missiles in Egypt protecting the Suez Canal Fifth it identified Soviet nuclear assistance to the Peoples Republic of China Sixth it monitored the SALT I treaty Seventh it uncovered the Soviet ABM program and sites Eight it identified Soviet atomic weapon storage installations Nine it identified the Peoples Republic of Chinas missile launching sites Ten it determined precise locations of Soviet air defense missile batteries Eleven it observed the construction and deployment of the Soviet ocean surface fleet Twelve it identified Soviet command control installations and networks Thirteen it provided mapping for Strategic Air Command targeting and bomber routes Fourteen it identified the Plesteak Missile Test Range north of Moscow With many more other functions Today the military enjoys the best technology
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