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That Time We Gave Earth a Ring Made of Millions of Tiny Needles

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Published on Sep 19, 2017

In the 1960s, the USA almost put a ring around the Earth by launching hundreds of millions of tiny copper needles into space in an attempt to create a reliable boost for their communications systems.

Host: Caitlin Hofmeister

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Sources:
https://www.orbitaldebris.jsc.nasa.go...
https://www.worldcat.org/title/new-yo...
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Images:
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