SPARTAN-201 astronomical satellite being deployed

SPARTAN-201 astronomical satellite being deployed

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Caption: SPARTAN-201 satellite. Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy (SPARTAN-201) being deployed by a robotic arm of the space shuttle Columbia. SPARTAN is a reusable free-flying module, deployed at the start of a shuttle mission and retrieved some days later. Photographed during shuttle mission STS-87 (19 November to 5 December 1997).

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Keywords: arm, astronomical research, astronomy, astronomy satellite, astrophysics, deployment, robot, robot arm, satellite, satellite deployment, satellites, shuttle, solar, spartan, spartan-201, sts-87, sts87

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