Collection Item Summary:
These are original flight components for the Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UIT), one of the major components of the ASTRO mission that flew twice in space, first on Columbia from 2 - 10 December 1990, and then on Endeavour from 3 to 17 March 1995. UIT is an F/9 Ritchey-Chretien reflecting telescope with a primary mirror 38 cm. in diameter. When a third flight of ASTRO was not funded, the UIT and its sister instruments, including the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope and the BBXRT telescope, were retired. UIT and HUT were transferred to the National Air and Space Museum in 2005.