Baffle, Forward, Sunshade, Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Explore the Universe exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This is the forward sunshade baffle from the 36-inch reflector telescope that comprised one of the three major instruments designed to observe the sky in the UV spectrum on the Space Shuttle based ASTRO payload. It was flown on Astro-I in December 1990 and again on Astro-II in March, 1995. The telescope was manufactured by the Center for Astrophysical Sciences and the Applied Physics Lab of Johns Hopkins University. It was transferred from NASA in 2001 and is now displayed in the Explore the Universe gallery.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA, George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.

Country of Origin

United States of America


Light mixed metals and thermal insulation


  • 3-D: 62.3cm (2 ft.)
  • Other: 124.7cm (4 ft.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum