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Designation 02608 / 66110A
Launch date 7 Dec 1966
Country of origin United States
Mission Meteorology and communication experimentation
Geostationary orbit 149°W & 150°W
Launch vehicle Atlas Agena D

Transmitted the first high resolution photos of the Earth. First GEO meteorology satellite. It also relayed color television across the U.S. and was the first satellite to permit two-way VHF communication between ground and aircraft in flight.

During the recovery operations for the flight of Apollo 11 in 1969, the spacecraft served as the primary communications link between the White House and President Nixon in the Pacific as the President witnessed the return of the moon-landing astronauts from the deck of the U.S. Navy carrier USS Hornet.

End of life

Out of service yes

Technical data

Transmits on 137.35 MHz (weak signal)

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