The Einstein Observatory

The Einstein Observatory

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Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The Einstein Observatory astronomical satellite (HEAO- 2) during pre-flight checking at Cape Kennedy, Florida. The satellite was equipped with two highly sensitive X-ray telescopes. Standing 5. 8 metres high, the 3-tonne satellite was launched in 1978 and failed in 1981, after a two- and-a-half year life in which it revolutionised X-ray astronomy.

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Keywords: astronomical satellite, astronomy, astrophysics, einstein observatory, heao-2 satellite, x-ray telescope, xray

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