Saturday, September 22, 2012

50 Years Ago: Tiros 6 launched

Replica of Tiros 6. This model was placed on public display in the Parade of Progress Show.

On September 18, 1962 NASA launched the Tiros 6 weather satellite. It was launched on a Delta three-stage rocket and placed in orbit believed to be low enough not to suffer radiation from a recent US Air Force space atomic blast test. The launch was the 6th successful placement of Tiros satellites in orbit and the eleventh straight success in the launch of Delta three-stage rockets. The satellite performed very well and later that day had already sent images to Earth that could be used in weather forecasting.

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