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Spar Assembly, ATM, Backup

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This object is on display in the Space Science exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This is a backup for the instrument spar for the Apollo Telescope Mount used on the Skylab manned space observatory. That assembly consisted of a 4-meter (14-foot) Sun shield, a scientific instrument canister, and an internal spar assembly that held the major instruments within the canister.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center designed and constructed the telescope mount and in 1982 transferred the backup instrument canister, Sun shield, and spar assembly to the Smithsonian. The sunward part of the canister and the Sun shield were reassembled and displayed in the National Air and Space Museum's Stars gallery.

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

Aluminized Kapton, Mylar (Polyester), Aluminum, Steel, Plastic, Stainless Steel, Velcro, Adhesive, Phenolic Resin, Synthetic Fabric, Epoxy, Glass, Rubber (Silicone)

Dimensions

  • 3-D (Weight is APPROXIMATE): 243.8 × 426.7cm, 1360.8kg (96 in. × 14 ft., 3000lb.)
  • Storage (Crate): 242.6 × 340.4 × 264.2cm (95 1/2 in. × 11 ft. 2 in. × 104 in.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

SPACECRAFT-Manned-Life Support

Inventory Number

A19830234002