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British UK-6 satellite, 1979.


British UK-6 satellite, 1979.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


Known as Ariel 6 after launch on 2nd June 1979, the satellite is shown here undergoing pre-flight checks at the Wallops Island launch site, Virginia. It was the last in the series of purely British scientific satellites and returned detailed data on 30 X-ray sources and on ultra-heavy cosmic ray particles before being shut down in February 1982.

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