The CIA, the National Reconnaissance Office and Ice Station Zebra

The 1968 spy and counterspy classic Ice Station Zebra was inspired by a real life event during the CIA/Air Force Corona spy satellite program.  In April 1959 the satellite Discoverer 2 became the first to send a recovery capsule containing satellite surveillance imagery back to earth, but there was a problem.  The capsule landed somewhere near Svalbard, Norway, but was never found.  It is believed by some to have been scooped up by the Soviets, and an NRO report released decades later says this mystery was the basis for Ice Station Zebra.  ()
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