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Space-center souvenir carried top-secret Navy plans for $1

A gift shop at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston has been selling souvenir envelopes with detailed drawings of a top-secret Navy project, according to Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. The envelopes, which sold for $1 each, carry the words ''Project Whitecloud'' - a code name so secret that it is not even supposed to be used in telephone conversations. The drawings show the whitecloud mother spacecraft and three smaller craft that can be separated in orbit to fan out over a large area and scan the oceans.

The satellite, the first of which was launched in 1976, is believed to be used to monitor Soviet ship movements.

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