This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
Collection Item Summary:
This is a flight prototype grazing incidence X-ray telescope similar to one that flew on the OSO-IV satellite in October 1967. This telescope, located in the stabilized portion of the craft (the "sail"), was designed to obtain X-ray images of the sun. Incoming photons were focused onto the detector by means of a grazing incidence mirror covered by an aperture, which admitted a thin ring of light. The photoelectric detector included a cesium iodide scintillator and a photomultiplier tube as well as a series of filters. The telescope was designed and built at American Science and Engineering (AS&E) under the direction of Riccardo Giacconi.
This object was donated to NASM by AS&E in 2003.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
American Science & Engineering, Incorporated
Gift of American Science & Engineering Incorporated.
Mixed metals, glass, electronics
3-D: 101.6 x 11.4 x 27.9cm (40 x 4 1/2 x 11 in.)
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Country of Origin
United States of America