Corona Program Exhibit Posters Collection

Collection ID:
bulk 1995
Physical Description:
0.2 Cubic feet
(1 folder)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of fifteen 24x20 inch photographic prints used in a conference or press event in 1995, the year that the Corona program was declassified, and 35 years after the first successful mission.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The United States' first photographic reconnaissance satellites were designed, launched, and operated as the Corona program by the Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Science and Technology, and by the U. S. Air Force. Operating between 1959 and 1972, Corona KH (Keyhole) series satellites provided worldwide photographic coverage, surveying ballistic missile development and nuclear sites of the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. Images were shot on film canisters which were ejected from the satellite, and were then recovered by specially modified aircraft during parachute descent. The Corona program was declassified by executive order in 1995, making over 800,000 photographs available to the public.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
National Reconnaissance Office, Transferred from the Space History Department, 2013

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Corona Program Exhibit Posters Collection, Accession 2013-0029, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

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Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151