Satellite Telemetry Data Tape

Item #81773

Own a piece of history! This strip of magnetic tape includes a portion of raw telemetry data for the Explorer 7 satellite.
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Enclosed in an acrylic case, this section of telemetry tape was taken from a larger spool recorded in October 1959 for the Explorer 7 satellite.

Interferometers recorded the position and velocity of satellites populating the skies. This section of tape is from the Minitrack station in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Explorer 7 mission achievements include measurements of cosmic rays, solar x-rays, trapped excited particles, and micrometeorites. It also collected the first measurements of Earth's climate.

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