Cigar shaped balloon satellite?
March 8, 2013 7:09 PM Subscribe
When I was a kid, about 1961, my parents took me and my siblings out one night to watch the sky for a satellite. It was described as being a giant silvered balloon, which was oblong. They called it "Cigar" and it was easy to observe, and definitely tumbling as it went over us.
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I can't find any reference to any such thing, and I'm wondering what it was. I can only find three such satellite balloons: Echo 1, Echo 2,
, and they were all spheres. Was it maybe something the USSR sent up? Or did I imagine it?