Spacelab 2 X-ray telescope

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Spacelab 2 X-Ray Telescope (XRT) Photographer at Science Museum, Swindon, prior to installation in Space Gallery. Front
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Spacelab 2 X-Ray Telescope (XRT) Photographer at Science Museum, Swindon, prior to installation in Space Gallery. Front
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Gallery views of the Space Gallery showing X-ray telescope display.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Spacelab 2 X-ray telescope (XRT)

This telescope, designed and built at Birmingham University, used a gold-plated 'mask' to create images of X-rays from distant objects in space (conventional lenses can't focus X-rays).

It formed part of the Spacelab 2 mission carried into space in July about Space Shuttle Challenger. From its position above the atmosphere, the telescope returned many days' worth of new data including the first high-energy X-ray of our own galaxy's centre.

Details

Category:
Space Technology
Object Number:
2005-33/1
type:
telescope - astronomical
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical instrument
  • telescope
credit:
University of Birmingham

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