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What was CORONA reconnaissance satellites system?
Rome, Italy - Used from June 1959 to May 1972
Corona was the name of a series of US military reconnaissance satellites operated under a CIA program with substantial assistance from the US Air Force, used for photographic surveillance of the Soviet Union, China and other areas from June 1959 until May 1972. The project name is sometimes given as CORONA, but it is a codeword, not an acronym. The project was accelerated after the U-2 incident...
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