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The Laser Geodynamic Satellite (LAGEOS), 1976.

The Laser Geodynamic Satellite (LAGEOS), 1976.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


This satellite, launched on 4th May 1976, was spherical in shape and contained 426 corner reflectors. It was used with laser ranging from Earth to measure continental drift, detecting surface movements as small as two centimetres.

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