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The Astron spacecraft

An artist's impression of the Astron spacecraft (Credit: Soviet Space Program)

Lifetime: March 1983 - June 1989

Country (primary): Soviet Union

Primary Science

The Astron satellite was designed for ultraviolet and X-ray astrophysical observations.

Science Highlights

  • Monitored Hercules X-1, providing data during its low state in 1983 and from when it turned back on in 1984
  • Investigation of acretion of material from red giants onto newtron stars

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A service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA/GSFC

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