Eye in the Sky

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Eye in the Sky

The Story of the Corona Spy Satellites

By Da Day; Dwayne A. Day (Editor); John M. Logsdon (Editor)

Smithsonian Books, Paperback, 9781560987734, 306pp.

Publication Date: August 17, 1999

Presenting the full story of the CORONA spy satellites' origins, "Eye in the Sky" explores the Cold War technology and far-reaching effects of the satellites on foreign policy and national security. Arguing that satellite reconnaissance was key to shaping the course of the Cold War, the book documents breakthroughs in intelligence gathering and achievements in space technology that rival the landing on the moon.

About the Author

Day is a writer on space policy & history.

John Logsdon is former Director of the Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University. Logsdon was a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. He is a current member of the NASA Advisory Council. Logsdon is a professor emeritus of political science and international affairs, and has been on the GWU faculty since 1970. He is also on the faculty of the International Space University, and held the first Chair in Space History at the National Air and Space Museum. During 2008-2009, he held the position of Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Logsdon authored the entry on space exploration for the latest edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica and many articles and commentaries.

Praise For Eye in the Sky

“This book chronicles in satisfying detail the origins of US satellite reconnaissance by focusing on the pioneering CORONA program, under which some 800,000 satellite images were made between 1960 and 1972.”—Scientific American

“Day (a research associate at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington Univ.), Logsdon (director of the Space Policy Institute), and Latell (editor of the CIA's journal Studies in Intelligence) have gathered together essays by many figures active in the program, producing a fascinating record of the evolution and impact of this crucial and revolutionary program.”—Kirkus Reviews