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    Eye in the Sky: Story of the Corona Spy Satellites (Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight (Paperback)) (Paperback) Edited by Dwayne A. Day, Edited by John M. Logsdon, Edited by Brian Latell

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    DescriptionPresenting the full story of the CORONA spy satellites' origins, "Eye in the Sky" explores the Cold War technology and far-reaching effects of the satellites on foreign policy and national security. Arguing that satellite reconnaissance was key to shaping the course of the Cold War, the book documents breakthroughs in intelligence gathering and achievements in space technology that rival the landing on the moon.


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    Title
    Eye in the Sky
    Subtitle
    Story of the Corona Spy Satellites
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Dwayne A. Day, Edited by John M. Logsdon, Edited by Brian Latell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 303
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 494 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781560987734
    ISBN 10: 1560987731
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DNF
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1960
    DC22: 327.12
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1970
    BISAC V2.8: TRU001000, TEC002000
    BIC subject category V2: TJKS
    DC21: 621.3825
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Thema V1.0: JPSH, DNL, TJKS
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    63 b&w photographs, 13 line illustrations
    Publisher
    Smithsonian Books
    Imprint name
    Smithsonian Books
    Publication date
    31 August 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Washington
    Author Information
    DWAYNE DAY is senior program officer for the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences. He is also a prolific and acclaimed space historian who served on a board investigating the space shuttle "Columbia "tragedy.
    Review quote
    "This book chronicles in satisfying detail the origins of US satellite reconnaissance by focusing on the pioneering CORONA program, under which some 800,000 satellite images were made between 1960 and 1972."--"Scientific American " "Day (a research associate at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington Univ.), Logsdon (director of the Space Policy Institute), and Latell (editor of the CIA's journal "Studies in Intelligence") have gathered together essays by many figures active in the program, producing a fascinating record of the evolution and impact of this crucial and revolutionary program."--"Kirkus Reviews"
    Review text
    A history of the top secret CORONA spy satellite missions (not officially revealed until 1992), believed by many experts to be the most important modern development in intelligence gathering. Day (a research associate at the Space Policy institute at George Washington Univ.), Logsdon (director of the Space Policy Institute), and Latell (editor of the CIA's journal Studies in Intelligence) have gathered together essays by many figures active in the program, producing a fascinating record of the evolution and impact of this crucial and revolutionary program. The Cold War created a pressing need for more and better intelligence. While the U2 spy planes greatly increased the kind and quality of information the intelligence establishment could generate, the downing of a U2 by the Soviets demonstrated that the planes were not invulnerable. The CORONA program was initially conceived as a way of keeping a close eye on the Soviet military without violating Russian borders. The development both of cameras capable of taking detailed photographs from great distances and of the satellites capable of carrying them into orbit and responding to exceedingly precise commands, required a series of technological breakthroughs - all accomplished in great secrecy. As the book documents, the volume (800,000 photographs between 1960 and 1972) and quality of the information the satellites generated took the intelligence establishment by surprise, allowing the US to identify all of the Soviet ballistic missile sites, military bases, and secret industrial complexes. The unparalleled documentation allowed the US to plan its own missile program with accuracy, saving a considerable amount of money, and to negotiate arms treaties from a position of strength. Because of CORONA, the Soviet Union and other potential enemy nations, once cloaked in secrecy, became open books. A story of a little known American achievement that played an essential role in containing hostilities during the Cold War. (Kirkus Reviews)