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How did the TIROS video tape recorders record and playback images rather than audio; how were the signals modulated?

(At least) one answer to How were video tape recorders adapted to work in orbit in 1962? argues that the recorder should not be called a "video" tape recorder because the record/playback ...
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What routinely happened in the TIROS control center? Was anything controlled there?

Question: What actually happened in the TIROS control center at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland? Did they receive and print out satellite images in this room? If so, how? Did they ...
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How were video tape recorders adapted to work in orbit in 1962?

Livescience's Satellite spies gigantic 'fuzzball' clouds spreading near Australia coast says: Actinoform clouds were first captured by NASA’s Television Infrared Observation Satellite V in 1962, but ...
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Where can I find orbital parameters for historical satellites and other spacecraft?

Upon reading about the history of the TIROS satellite series and looking at some of the photographs taken by TIROS-1, I wonder what kind of orbit they were in. Clearly they were polar or at least ...
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What is the difference between a “space-oriented” and an “Earth-oriented” satellite?

From the NASA TIROS page on TIROS-1: The craft was spin-stabilized and space-oriented (not Earth-oriented). Therefore, the cameras were only operated while they were pointing at the Earth when that ...