The “Manned Orbiting Laboratory,” or “MOL,” was built to capture high-resolution images of Soviet targets on the ground. It was so advanced, it could pick up objects on earth as small as a baseball (1:56)
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Jul 13, 2018 | 1,055 views | by National Reconnaissance Office
This video provides an overview of the historical Manned Orbital Laboratory, or MOL, program, and its impact on early national reconnaissance efforts.
In this silent films from the records of the United States Air Force, parts of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) spacecraft are showcased by men in white coats. According to the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the mission was “to place military personnel in orbit to conduct scientific experiments to determine the ‘military usefulness’ of placing man into space.”
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