Imagine if Google Earth had to drop its pictures off at the Sooper-Sekrit PhotoMat first.
Back in the 1970's, the Cold War was being fought by some bad asses with old slide-rules and new TI calculators. They wore ties and short-sleeved shirts and kept long hours and never talked about their work.
Now we know about Hexagon, the ambitious and remarkably successful project wherein 60 mile spools of camera film was loaded aboard 30,000 lb satellites, which used the most sophisticated cameras of the time to take high-speed, ultra-high resolution photographs of the ground, and to then drop buckets full of the film to be caught midair while parachuting down, to be developed and searched for clues of our cold enemy's doings.
Finally, the old farts who never talked about their jobs can discuss the most fascinating endeavor of their careers.
It makes you think about how many people performed amazing thankless service for years for our country.