vela.pdf Photo of Vela satellite in orbit over Earth
This appears to be a close up photograph of the Vela satellite in orbit over the Earth.
Document date: 1111-11-11
Document type: photograph
Archivist's Notes: Good quality photograph. Very close photo of the satellite. Unknown source.
This photo was probably part of another document to provide more information on the capabilities of the US to detect nuclear explosions after the Vela
Incident. This satellite had the capability to detect the light flash of an atmospheric nuclear explosion and alert the US government. In the case
of the Vela incident, it was the only evidence obtained, which is usually followed up with air samples and seismic readings.
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