Monday 21 November 2016

Astrognome Scrapbook Explorers 24 and 25

Explorers 24 and 25

On November 21st 1964 NASA successfully places in orbit two satellites by means of the same launch rocket for the first time.  In this case a Scout launcher. Designated Explorers 24 and 25 the craft are a 12 feet balloon and a 2 feet diameter magnetic/radiation investigation satellite respectively.

The prime purpose of Explorer 24 was basically the same as the Beacon satellites of 1959 and 1960 and to provide data on atmospheric drag. 

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