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The Stratoscope II was a giant .09 meter infrared telescope that was originally designed in the early 1960s for direct imaging but was first applied to infrared spectroscopy of planets and galaxies. The Stratoscope II was a balloon-borne telescope; the balloon was unmanned and the working of the telescope was radio-controlled from the ground while the telescope's pointing and focus were monitored by television.

Identifier

NASM.1993.0069

Creator

DeVorkin, David H., 1944-

Date

1963-1970

Provenance

John Dearden/Johns Hopkins University, gfit, 1993, 1993-0069, unknown

Extent

1.54 Cubic feet ((1 legal document box) (1 records center box))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Correspondence

Notes

Reports

Financial records

Photographs

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of material documenting the development of the Stratoscope II. Included are the following types of material: photographs, financial reports, annual reports, test notes, minutes from internal meetings, correspondence, test plans, flight procedures and tests, record books, slides, and flight schedules.

Genre/Form

Correspondence

Notes

Reports

Financial records

Photographs

Rights

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Topics Stratoscope II
Infrared telescopes
Infrared spectroscopy
Balloons
Aeronautics
Astronautics

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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