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Solar Maximum Mision (SMM) satellite, 1980.


Solar Maximum Mision (SMM) satellite, 1980.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm


Labelled drawing of the SMM which was launched in February 1980, and became the first satellite to be retrieved, repaired and redeployed into orbit, by the crew of the Space Shuttle mision 41-C in April 1984. SMM carried seven experiments to observe solar flares over a wide spectral band during the period of maximum solar activity.

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