Artist's impression of Einstein Observatory

Artist's impression of Einstein Observatory

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Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Artist's impression of the Einstein Observatory astronomical satellite (HEAO-2) in orbit. 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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