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Echo II, a Balloon Satellite

Submitted URL: : www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2124.html Echo II is shown here undergoing a tensile stress test in a dirigible hanger at Weekesville, North Carolina. A dirigible is a type of aerostat or “lighter-than-air” aircraft. The 135-foot rigidized balloon satellite was sent into orbit as a passive communications experiment by NASA on January 25, 1964. When folded, the […]

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