Credit: NRO

Credit: NRO

 

 

A fact-packed treasure-trove of historical data – pictures, film and numerous documents – has been released by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) regarding the secretive Cold War U.S. Air Force project known as the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL).

The MOL program ran from December 1963 until its cancellation in June 1969. In those nearly six years, according to some estimates, the MOL program spent $1.56 billion during the program’s life.

A November 1966 test flight of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) using a Titan IIIC-9 booster from Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 40. The flight consisted of a MOL mock-up topped by a refurbished Gemini spacecraft as a Gemini B prototype. Credit: U.S. Air Force

A November 1966 test flight of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) using a Titan IIIC-9 booster from Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 40. The flight consisted of a MOL mock-up topped by a refurbished Gemini spacecraft as a Gemini B prototype.
Credit: U.S. Air Force

Even today, aspects of the MOL initiative remain secret.

 

 

For an inside look at this U.S. military space program, go to my new Space.com story:

Declassified: US Military’s Secret Cold War Space Project Revealed

http://www.space.com/31470-manned-orbiting-laboratory-military-space-station.html

 

Leave a Reply

Griffith Observatory Event