A. GRAGERA, LATIN STOCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A. GRAGERA, LATIN STOCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Space telescope. Illustration of a space telescope floating over Earth. Spain and North Africa appear in the lower right. The large wings carry solar panels that power circuitry inside the telescope. Large telescopes are placed in orbit to avoid the distorting effect of the Earth's atmosphere. Space telescopes that detect infrared, ultraviolet and X-ray radiation are used to reveal a great deal about the lives of stars and galaxies.
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