Einstein Observatory X-ray astronomy satellite

Einstein Observatory X-ray astronomy satellite

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Caption: The Einstein Observatory X-ray astronomy satellite during preflight checkout. The spacecraft's solar panels are wrapped around it in launch configuration. Originally designated HEAO-2 (High- Energy Astrophysics Observatory 2), the Einstein Observatory was launched in 1978. It was 5.8 metres long & weighed 3 tonnes. It carried 2 X-ray imaging telescopes & 2 spectrometers. It failed in 1981, but during its 30-month life it revolution- ised X-ray astronomy.

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

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