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Canister, ATM, Backup, Sun Section

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This object is on display in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This is the sunward canister from a backup unit of the Apollo Telescope Mount. It includes the 8-foot cap, or "sun shield" that houses the light entry ports for the ATM instruments, the handholds, and the locking devices. Built by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the telescope mount was attached to Skylab's multiple docking adapter. It held eight major scientific instruments and several smaller experiments that were operated from within Skylab. Astronauts used the instruments to study the Sun's surface and atmosphere in visible and ultraviolet light, as well as by x-ray emission. Most of the instruments recorded data on photographic film, which the astronauts replacedas needed.

NASA transferred the telescope mount to NASM in 1982. It was displayed in the Stars gallery from then until the exhibit closed in 1997.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Materials

Mixed metals, vacuum coated mylar films, connecting hardware.

Dimensions

Overall: 243.8 x 259.1cm (96 x 102 in.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Inventory Number

A19830234000