LISA Pathfinder space probe preparation

LISA Pathfinder space probe preparation

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Caption: LISA Pathfinder space probe preparation. Image showing the LISA Pathfinder science module (white and gold, top) attached to its prolusion module (silver), with its solar array at top. LISA Pathfinder launch composite being prepared before departing for its launch site in French Guiana. The LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) Pathfinder is a joint NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) programme that was launched on 3rd December 2015. It is designed to test the fundamental technologies and instrumentation needed for future gravitational-wave observatories in space. LISA Pathfinder carries two advanced instruments, the LTP (LISA Technology Package) and Disturbance Reduction System (DRS). The LTP is designed to simulate the observational arrangement for the LISA mission. The DRS is an experiment provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, which includes also a set of micro-rockets that aim to control the spacecraft's position to within a millionth of a millimetre.

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