posted on Sep, 27 2012 @ 02:45 PM
Originally posted by sealing
There is a discrepancy .
It doesn't look like true polar orbits were possible in 1960.
10 satellites were launched between 1960 and 1965 but only the last
2 were made polar orbits.
Thanks for going out into the reality world and doing actual research. You deserve encouragement and a genuine 'A' for effort.
But you have to look more closely at what the website is about -- weather satellites.
The ten satellites you refer to were weather satelllites of the 'Tiros' series, launched by NASA.
From April 1, 1960 to July 2, 1965 ten TIROS satellites were launched. The satellites ensured continuity of data throughout the early years. The first
four TIROS satellites had an inclination of 48 degrees and the next four had an inclination of 58 degrees, thus they were not polar-orbiting. The last
two TIROS were the first polar-orbiting meteorological satellites.
The polar orbit satellites were in the 'Discoverer' program launched by the USAF from 1959 onwards.
Go look them up and report back.
But no big deal -- you've taken your first important step toward reality, and footing isn't always as sure as it is when you just deal with imaginary
subjects. There are 'right answers' and 'wrong answers', and your first swing is a 'miss'. You'll get better.
Please persist in your efforts.
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