Satellites

A series of prints commemorating defunct satellites, 2012.

From top to bottom, below: Prospero X-3, Snap 10A, Vanguard 1, Syncom 2, Pioneer 4, Luna 1, Explorer 11, Transit 4A. Each print in an edition of 10. All are 22.5 inches high and either 10 or 13.75 inches wide. They are made by letterpress print collage; two images from the same linoleum block were combined for each image, one black ink on white paper, one silver ink on black paper. Each has a letterpress print text label in the lower right corner, black ink on black paper, identifying the satellite with brief historical notes. These satellites remain in orbit today.

Sat_ProsperoX3

PROSPERO x-3

Launched October 28, 1971, and in Earth orbit at 531–1402 km. First UK satellite launched by a UK rocket, the Black Arrow R3.

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Sat_Snap10A

SNAP 10A

Launched April 3, 1965, and in Earth orbit at 1268–1317 km. The first US nuclear reactor in space.

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Sat_Vanguard1

VANGUARD 1

Launched March 17, 1958, and in an elliptical Earth orbit at 654–3,969 km. The oldest satellite still in Earth orbit.

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Sat_Syncom2

SYNCOM 2

Launched July 26, 1963, and in Earth orbit at 35,584–36,693 km. Experiments with voice, teletype, facsimile, and data transmission.

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Sat_Pioneer4

PIONEER 4

Launched March 3, 1959, and in solar orbit—named Artificial Planet Two. Carried early lunar radiation and photoelectric experiments.

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Sat_Luna1

LUNA 1

Launched January 2, 1959, and in solar orbit between Earth and Mars. Provided new data on solar wind and Earth’s radiation belt.

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Sat_Explorer11

EXPLORER 11

Launched April 27, 1961, and in Earth orbit at 476–1,317 km. The first space-bourne gamma-ray telescope.

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Transit 4A

TRANSIT 4A

Launched June 29, 1961, and in Earth orbit at 881–998 km. Carried navigation technologies later used for GPS.