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ASTRO is the answer The Space Shuttle Transportation system flew two packages of recoverable telescopes, under the name ASTRO, dedicated to obtaining spectra and photopolarimetry of several hundred objects in the Ultraviolet end of the spectrum - not obtainable from Earth In Dec 2-11 1990 the ASTRO-1 mission flew on board the Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia STS-35 mission attached to the NASA/ ESA Spacelab module in its unmanned pallet version. Three UV telescope/instruments The Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo Polarimety Experiment(WUPPE) the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope( HUT) and the Ultraviolet Telescope (UIT) were flown attached to a common pointing system , and exposed to the space environment in the cargo bay. The package was retrieved at landing, re-fitted and upgraded for a re- flight on the Shuttle Endeavour STS-67 ASTRO-2 mission from 2-18 1995- the longest shuttle mission thus far. Several hundred objects were observed and their spectra recorded References URLs www.sal.wisc.edu/WUPPE/astro2 http://www.spacescience.nasa.gov.missions/ -- Michael Martin-Smith
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