Catch A Falling Star Part 2 C-119J performs aerial recovery of a deorbited satelite. The 1st successful recovery was accomplished on 19 August 1960
Highlights from a government produced documentary on Corona, America's first reconnaissance satellite program. Corona operated from 1960 to 1972 with 145 launches. The data from Corona helped build confidence in the measures taken by our national leaders to counter the growing Soviet threat. And it was yet another example of America's pioneering achievements.
Firsts in History:
-The first recovery of a vehicle from space.
-The first use of a satellite to gather photo intelligence.
-The first midair recovery of a reentry vehicle.
-The first mapping of the earth from space.