Skip to product information
1 of 4

Corona Spy Satellite Image Poster

Corona Spy Satellite Image Poster

5 total reviews

    The CORONA program was a secret CIA & US Air Force project that launched 144 reconnaissance spacecraft from 1959 to 1972. The dire pursuit of intel during the tense Cold War resulted in this ambitious space program that achieved many spaceflight firsts.   

    Photos had never been taken from space and the entire system, including lenses, mounting, mechanisms, and even the film, had to be specially designed for space.

    With every pass over target areas, primarily the USSR and China, onboard cameras would snap a series of panoramic photographs on 70mm film. When passing over tracking stations, the satellite would transmit trajectory, velocity, and system status information, which was recorded onto reels of magnetic tape like this.

    At the end of each mission, the film capsule detached, and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. Before it reached the surface, a parachute was deployed and a specially-equipped airplane would catch the gliding capsule in mid-air.

    The CORONA program was declassified in 1996 and over 860,000 images made publicly accessible, the largest photographic catalog of Earth’s surface at the time. Researchers have recently used these images to locate ancient sites and study the effects of climate change.


    Dimensions: 11" x 17"

      Regular price $10.00
      Regular price Sale price $10.00
      Sale Sold out
      Shipping calculated at checkout.
      Matter Subscriber Price:

      View full details


      We only list 100% verified authentic items. We work with reputable collectors, and regularly consult with our network of scientists and experts.

      • Free Shipping

        Orders ≥$50 qualify for free US shipping
        Orders ≥$100 qualify for free global shipping

      • Secure Payments

        Pay how you like: credit card, PayPal, After Pay, Shop Pay, Venmo, Apple/Google/Meta Pay & crypto

      • Simple Returns

        Change your mind? No problem. Enjoy easy returns within 30 days.

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 5 reviews
      S.B.B. (Virginia, United States)

      I love this poster!

      Z. (Kansas, United States)

      A great companion piece for the Corona Spy Satellite artifact! Fast shipping and packaged safely.

      Z.U.U. (Virginia, United States)

      Always ships fast and safely from this shop!

      R.V. (Virginia, United States)

      Raeann gave this item 5 stars

      C.P. (Virginia, United States)

      Carissa gave this item 4 stars

      similar items_


      You deserve better than craft store science products. And we think learning is more impactful when you're holding a tangible piece of what you're learning about. That's why Stemcell exists.

      We're dedicated to providing the best scientific products available—whether they're fragments of scientific importance, experimental activities, or just interesting things that scratch your curiosity itch.

      With every new product launch, our list of new ideas gets longer rather than shorter. So check in often for our latest projects, and thanks for being a part of our endeavor to make the world a smarter place to live.

      Believe in yourself; for everything else, there's science.