This Week in NASA History: Compton Gamma Ray Observatory Launches – Apr 5, 1991

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This week in 1991, space convey Atlantis and STS-37 launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The primary goal design of STS-37 was to broach NASA’s second Great Observatory, a Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. Here, Compton is being expelled from Atlantis’ Remote Manipulator System arm.

The Burst and Transient Source Experiment, one of 4 vital scholarship instruments aboard a Compton, was designed and built by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Marshall has been concerned in a growth of many of a agency’s visual instruments notably, NASA’s Great Observatories. Marshall managed a growth of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and a Chandra X-ray Observatory. Marshall has also played a poignant purpose in a contrast of Hubble’s successor, a James Webb Space Telescope. Scheduled to launch in Oct 2018, a Webb telescope will observe a many apart objects in a universe, yield images of a initial galaxies shaped and see unexplored planets around apart stars. The NASA History Program is obliged for generating, disseminating, and preserving NASA’s conspicuous story and providing a extensive bargain of a institutional, cultural, social, political, economic, technological, and systematic aspects of NASA’s activities in aeronautics and space. For some-more cinema like this one and to bond to NASA’s history, revisit a Marshall History Program’s webpage. (NASA)

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