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Randee Exler Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. (Phone: 301/286-7277) RELEASE: 90-34 ASTRONOMICAL TELESCOPES FOR NASA SPACECRAFT ARRIVE AT GODDARD The astronomical telescopes for NASA's Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer spacecraft have been delivered to the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, Md., for integration into the Goddard-designed payload module and for subsequent environmental testing. The scientific payload consists of four specially designed telescopes that will make astronomical observations in the previously unexplored portion of the electromagnetic spectrum called the extreme ultraviolet, which is between the X-ray and ultraviolet wavelengths. The integration and testing of the spacecraft at Goddard, which includes mating the payload module to NASA's Explorer platform spacecraft bus, is expected to take 18 months. The payload will be launched into low-Earth orbit aboard a Delta II expendable launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., in August 1991. During its expected 2-year mission, the explorer spacecraft will carry out an all-sky survey in the 100 to 1,000 angstrom wavelength region and will subsequently include a program in which guest investigators will be able to conduct spectroscoptic observations of the brightest extreme ultraviolet celestial sources.

The spacecraft's science payload has been designed, built and tested by the Space Astrophysics Group of the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. Professor Stuart Bowyer is the principal investigator. Dr. Roger F. Malina is the principal investigator for the construction of the telescopes. The project manager at Berkeley is Steven J. Battel. - more -2The science operations center for the telescopes will be located at the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Astrophysics. The payload operations control center will be located at Goddard where Donald L. Margolies is the spacecraft's mission manager. - end Beginning March 15, 1990, NASA news releases and other NASA information will be available electronically on CompuServe and GEnie, the General Electric Network for Information Exchange. On the same date, NASA information on the Dialcom electronic service will be discontinued. For information on CompuServe, call 1-800-848-8199 and ask for reprentative 176. For information on GEnie, call 1-800-638-9636.

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