Before digital cameras, film had to be physically dropped from spy satellites. When the parachute failed, the CIA had to go find one.
Mon Aug 13, 2012 01:05 PM ET
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- In the 1970s, capsules of film were dropped from spy satellites with parachutes.
- When a parachute failed, the U.S. Navy spent months retrieving the film capsule and perfecting deep-sea rescue.
Central Intelligence Agency
Documents released publicly by the Central Intelligence Agency on Aug. 8 detail the capsule's incredible recovery, using what was at the time the Navy's most sophisticated deep-sea submersible.
Sources: Space.com, Discovery Magazine, Central Intelligence Agency.
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