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The satellite Discoverer XVII is launched into orbit from California’s Vandenberg AFB. It was part of CORONA, a “top-priority reconnaissance satellite project operated by the CIA Directorate of Science & Technology with assistance from the US Air Force.” The first launch on January 21, 1959 failed. A total of 144 satellites were launched. The last film capsule was recovered on May 25, 1972. [Sources: Sven’s Space Place, National Air & Space Museum, and Wikipedia.]