LAGEOS I, 1976
May 6th, 2013
11:26 AM ET

LAGEOS I, 1976

"The LAGEOS I, Laser Geodynamics Satellite, was launched on May 4, 1976 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The two-foot diameter, 900-pound satellite orbited the Earth from pole to pole and measured the movements of the Earth's surface relative to earthquakes, continental drift, and other geophysical phenomena.

The mirrored surface of the satellite precisely reflected laser beams from ground stations for accurate ranging measurements. Scientists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. came up with the idea for the satellite and built it at the Marshall Center."

Source: NASA

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  1. kethy149

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    May 11, 2013 at 9:07 am |
  2. Buck Rogers

    1976, hmm.... This makes perfect sense that NASA would launch a disco ball in the midst of the 70's.....

    May 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • StarGazer


      May 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
    • Elroy Jetson

      Yeah, it's an intergalactic party. Did they lauch a big boom box, too? We have one of those at Spacely Sprockets. There's a party at least once a month. Good times.

      May 13, 2013 at 11:35 am |


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