• Short Summary

    A weather observation satellite was launched into orbit around the Earth's equator from an off-shore platform near the Kenyan tourist resort of Malindi on Monday (18 February).

  • Description

    A weather observation satellite was launched into orbit around the Earth's equator from an off-shore platform near the Kenyan tourist resort of Malindi on Monday (18 February).

    The Italian-built 140-pound (186 kilogramme) satellite went into orbit 350 miles (560 kilometres) above the Earth. It will send radio observations of the upper atmosphere to tracking stations in the United States, Italy, Africa, Australia and South America.

    Radar tracking stations around the world reported to the launching centre at Ngwana Bay 22 miles (35 kilometres) north of Malindi, that the satellite had gone into perfect orbit.

    The satellite -- code-named San Marco -- was a joint effort by the Italian Centro Richerche Aerospaziali of the University of Rome, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Kenyan Government.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4A9WBMFRP7C03L301GM0L8OK9
    Media URN:
    VLVA4A9WBMFRP7C03L301GM0L8OK9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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