Peremennye Zvezdy

Compton Returns
<< Yesterday 7.03.2001 Tomorrow >>
Compton Returns
Credit & Copyright: AMOS, AEOS; Courtesy Compton GRO Science Support Center
Explanation: On 2000 June 4, the 17-ton Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory returned to Earth after 9 years in orbit -- ending its remarkable voyage of discovery. The massive, bus-sized spacecraft carried an unprecedented array of gamma-ray detectors which explored the bizarre, high-energy universe of solar flares, black holes, pulsars, supernovae, active galaxies, and gamma-ray bursts. Sequenced above from upper left to lower right, video frames recorded by the Air Force Maui Optical Station's Advanced Electro-Optical System 3.7 meter telescope show Compton in its nearly final orbit over Hawaiian skies. A controlled deorbit brought surviving pieces of the satellite to a safe splashdown in the Pacific Ocean about 2,400 miles southeast of Hawaii. Russia plans to deorbit the now uninhabited Mir space station later this month, also bringing it safely to rest in the Pacific.

Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA)
NASA Web Site Statements, Warnings, and Disclaimers
NASA Official: Jay Norris. Specific rights apply.
A service of: LHEA at NASA / GSFC
& Michigan Tech. U.

Based on Astronomy Picture Of the Day

Main Page | Search
Astronet | SAI | INASAN

Report problems