This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Collection Item Summary:
This is one of four Solar Array panels from the planned second Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM). The ATM was the major scientific instrument aboard Skylab, which was put into earth orbit in May 1973 and operated for 8 months. ATM included eight major scientific instruments as well as a number of smaller experiments, and was designed to be operated by three sets of visiting astronauts. The solar array provided the electrical power to operate the scientific instruments carried on the ATM.
The array was transferred from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in 1989.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
TRW Space & Technology Group
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Silicon solar cells on metal support
Overall: 10 ft. wide x 42 ft. long (304.8 x 1280.2cm)
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Country of Origin
United States of America
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components