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EXOSAT X-ray astronomical satellite

EXOSAT X-ray astronomical satellite

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Caption

EXOSAT astronomy satellite. Artist's impression of the European X-Ray Observatory Satellite (EXOSAT). The astronomical satellite measured the emissions of white dwarf stars, neutron stars, black holes, and supernova remnants, galactic clusters and the outermost layer (corona) of stars. It discovered the phenomenon of quasi-periodic oscillations in some stars. Launched on 26 May 1983, the satellite went out of control on 9 April 1986 and burnt up in the Earth's atmosphere on 6 May 1986.

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