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How We Used the Moon to Send Radio Messages

In the early days of the Cold War, it was difficult to send and receive messages across the globe. Before the US launched its first satellite in January 1958, the military tried a creative solution: bouncing radio waves off the Moon.

Host: Reid Reimers

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Sources:
https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201207/physicshistory.cfm
https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/operation-moon-bounce https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/kent-csi/vol11no2/html/v11i2a05p_0001.htm
https://history.nasa.gov/SP-4217/ch2.htm
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/zmez49/how-the-moon-was-turned-into-a-cold-war-spy-weapon
https://www.nrl.navy.mil/accomplishments/systems/moon-relay/
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https://www.arrl.org/files/file/Technology/pdf/119962.pdf
https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000190094.pdf
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Images:
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/explorer/explorer.html
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/full-moon-2016-lro_0.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Extremely_High_Frequency#/media/File:AEHF_1.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_U-2#/media/File:Usaf.u2.750pix.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relay_program#Relay_1
https://www.nasa.gov/topics/technology/features/telstar.html

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