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ISS Space Telescope



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ISS Space Telescope
ISS Space Telescope, 1996. Depicted here is a space telescope capable of detecting planets orbiting around nearby stars. It would be serviced by International Space Station astronauts.
Credit: NASA via Marcus Lindroos
American visible astronomy satellite. Study 1988. The Space Station's free-flying unmanned platforms were all deleted in 1987-90 to compensate for the budget cuts. However, some of them may yet be reintroduced in the 21st century.

One possibility was a space telescope capable of detecting planets orbiting around nearby stars. It would be serviced by International Space Station astronauts. The early 1984 Space Station plan briefly featured a similar 'Astro' platform.

Article by Marcus Lindroos

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  • US Space Stations Wernher von Braun brought Noordung's rotating station design with him from Europe. This he popularized in the early 1950's in selling manned space flight to the American public. By the late 1950's von Braun's team favoured the spent-stage concept - which eventually flew as Skylab. By the mid-1960's, NASA was concentrating on modular, purpose-built, zero-G stations. These eventually flew as the International Space Station. More...

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