Nothing spurred the idea of a Russian military space program as much as what happened in a taiga forest in Siberia on 20th August 1959. Woodcutters came across what they called “a strange golden globe” and when they opened it up they found that it was full of camera film. Although they didn’t realize it, they had stumbled across the cabin of an American reconnaissance satellite, Discoverer, code-named Corona, the first of the series to return to Earth, although not into the hands of those intended.
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