The first satellites in the Samos series radioed back images from a frame readout camera as they passed over North America; later ones carried recoverable panoramic cameras. None of the satellites worked well, in contrast to the successful CIA-run Corona project, and Samos was quietly wound up without any significant achievements. Some reporters have incorrectly said that "Samos" was an acronym of Satellite and Missile Observation System. In fact, the name came from the link with MIDAS – Samos being the island upon which King Midas lived.
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