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Why does this "Midas missile early warning satellite" have a tilting cone with such a complex black-and-white checkerboard pattern?

This is a two component question: Why the tilted cone? Why the complex checkerboard pattern? The Angled Cone Answer: The tilted cone is the rotating sensor telescope From https://space.skyrocket.de/...
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What is the lowest-inclination orbit ever achieved by a US crewed spacecraft?

@Mark's answer hints that the Apollo mission, in particular Apollo 11, may have achieved a lower inclination. I was going to quickly query Horizons and leave a comment, but the comment space is not ...
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What is the lowest-inclination orbit ever achieved by a US crewed spacecraft?

Of the missions I've been able to find orbital data for, STS 49 has the lowest inclination, at 28.32 degrees (from Space Shuttle Missions Summary). However, I haven't been able to find inclination ...
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