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1972 U.S. Spy Satellite Retrieval

Hexagon Spy Satellite

Hexagon Spy Satellite

Raleigh, North Carolina
Saturday, December 1, 2012

David Waltrop of the CIA’s Historical Division talks about the retrieval of a U.S. spy satellite from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. In 1972, the CIA and U.S. Navy gathered the remains of the Hexagon Spy Satellite, which contained images of Soviet missile sites and was considered highly important to American intelligence. The retrieval was classified up until August 2012. This event was part of the Raleigh Spy Conference.

Updated: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 11:16am (ET)

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