Astro-1 launch set for tomorrow

December 01, 1990|By Luther Young

Launch: Tomorrow morning between 1:28 and 3:58 at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Orbiter: Columbia.

Payload: $150 million observatory with four telescopes: Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope, Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope, Broad Band X-Ray Telescope and Wisconsin Photopolarimeter Experiment.

Crew: Commander Vance D. Brand; Air Force Col. Guy S. Gardner, pilot; mission specialists Jeffrey A. Hoffman and Robert A. R. Parker; and payload specialists Samuel T. Durrance and Ronald A. Parise.

Mission: 38th shuttle mission, 10 days in duration, to study ultraviolet light and X-ray radiation sources in the universe.

Landing: Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. EST, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

The public can view the launch live on wide-screen television at the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University. Free parking is available at the Faculty Club lot, accessible from San Martin Drive. Doors open at 12:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Also, a special telephone hot line with Astro-1 launch information is available at 338-8444.

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