Declassifying the U.S.'s Cold War Satellites

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A short documentary from the National Reconnaissance Office explains how the U.S.'s earliest spy satellites monitored the Soviet Union without computers or digital cameras. For the full story, see Alexis Madrigal's "TOP SECRET: Your Briefing on the CIA's Cold-War Spy Satellite, 'Big Bird.'"

Video courtesy of the National Reconnaissance Office

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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