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Explorer 7 Satellite Telemetry Data Tape

$19.50

This strip of magnetic tape includes a portion of raw telemetry data for the Explorer 7 satellite. This listing is for a section of tape in an acrylic case that was taken from a larger spool recorded in October 1959.

In 1955, even before any artificial satellites had been launched, planning for a satellite-tracking network was already underway at NASA.

Two years later, the Minitrack network of 11 stations positioned around the globe was completed just 3 days before the launch of Sputnik 1.

As satellites populated the skies, interferometers recorded their positions and velocities at each of these stations. This section of tape is from the Minitrack station in Johannesburg, South Africa.

One of the early satellites tracked by this network was Explorer 7 (aka Iota 59), which was launched in 1959 and collected scientific data about Earth’s atmosphere for 2 years before losing communication. 

Among the most notable data it collected was the first satellite measurements of the heat balance of Earth’s atmosphere, initiating NASA’s mission of collecting valuable climate data just a year after the agency was formed.

 

Explorer 7 remains in orbit to this day. Track the satellite's current position in the tab below.


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Explorer 7 Satellite Telemetry Data Tape

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I got this for my husband for Father's Day. He was so surprised and thrilled to have a piece of nasa history

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C.W. (Virginia, United States)

The way this is displayed is really nice and I appreciate the information included with the item. Everything was exactly as expected based on the listing and I'm thrilled with my purchase. Plus shipping was super speedy and everything was packaged very well!

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It was a gift for my partner who is crazy about space, and she could not believe it! She told me to give it a 10/5 if I could.

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C.C. (South Carolina, United States)

Very cool product. Well mounted and has a great description. The satellite tracker on the website is such a useful feature.

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Explorer 7 Satellite Telemetry Data Tape

Explorer 7 Satellite Telemetry Data Tape

$19.50