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Russian Telescope to Perform Star Census
1.08.2011 18:06
Russian Telescope to Perform Star Census
"Lira-B" telescope

New space telescope, designed in Russia, will be installed at International space station for scanning the sky and collecting data for a new star catalogue.

      “Lira-B” telescope will be the first Russian optical instrument for astronomy, which operates in visible light range, and first optical telescope on board of ISS. Main mirror of the telescope will have a diameter of 50 centimeters, and the whole instrument will weigh about 70 kilograms. The telescope will be rigidly fixed outside the station.

      Main aim of the telescope is collecting data on a large number of stars and other cosmic objects and compiling a new photometric catalogue.

      Source: RIA Novosti





Author: Anna Kizilova

Tags: International space station space Moscow State University   

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