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This is a star tracker, a component from the Voyager 2 spacecraft program. This and related items are flight-qualified spare hardware, which were used in laboratory simulations to resolve in-flight problems encountered by the Voyager spacecraft. In flight, the device found and locked on to the star Canopus, providing a reference for guidance and navigation.

Voyager 2 was an unmanned space probe which, in 1986, passed close to the planet Uranus to transmit images of its surface.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory transferred this object to the Smithsonian in 1999.

Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type SPACECRAFT-Uncrewed-Parts & Structural Components Manufacturer Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology Dimensions Overall: 5 in. tall x 1 ft. 4 1/2 in. wide x 7 in. deep (12.7 x 41.91 x 17.78cm)
Other (handling fixture): 1 ft. tall x 1 ft. 8 1/2 in. wide x 10 in. deep (30.48 x 52.07 x 25.4cm)
Materials Plastic, Steel, Aluminum, Mylar (Polyester), Adhesive, Gold Plating, Natural Fabric, Stainless Steel, Rubber (Silicone)
Inventory Number A19990065003 Credit Line Transfer from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of technology. Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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