I was looking through old saved urls and when an old Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory press release link didn't work, it sent me to the PageNotFound page, where I saw the image below.

It seems to relate to a spacecraft or actually a whole project called Transit, and a design failure.

Question: What is likely to be the design failure that APL is alluding to here? I can see that this object is broken, but I don't know if there is a particularly interesting story behind this, or if it's just an old photo that was handy, like the cute Stack Exchange panda.

According to the page:

Page Not Found

“You learn more from failures than from successes.”

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note: according to this answer, this is likely to be an "early development/test version of the Transit navigation satellites."

  • $\begingroup$ I've used the identify-this-object tag since we probably don't need a separate "identify this failure" tag. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jun 5 '18 at 12:05
  • $\begingroup$ @JCRM no need to re-post a known broken link from the past. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jul 8 '18 at 3:40
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    $\begingroup$ You're right, I mistakenly thought you were asking about the contents of the link - without knowing what the link was it's impossible to say whether it contains clues as to where it might now be found. $\endgroup$ – JCRM Jul 8 '18 at 6:52
  • $\begingroup$ @JCRM It's the mesmerizing, TwilightZoneesque spiral pattern on the satellite 1, 2, 3. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jul 9 '18 at 0:45

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