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FUSE Spacecraft Photos


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Caption: The FUSE Spacecraft in a clean room at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory being prepared for mating of the telescope structure and spacecraft. (Before and after placement of thermal blankets.) (Photos from July 1, 1998.)


Caption: The FUSE Spacecraft in a clean room at Orbital Sciences Corporation being prepared for delivery to the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory. (Photo from Mar. 1998.)



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Caption: What's inside? These two views show you! And the answer is, lots of wires and cables, electronics boxes, and the Inertial Reference Units, or IRUs (dark box with rounded corners in center of photo at left). The IRUs contain the gyroscopes, which control the pointing stability of the satellite. Click on either photo to see a larger version. (Photos from Aug. 1998, courtesy Orbital Sciences Corp.)

Caption: Solar panels will provide FUSE with power on orbit. The image at left shows a good close up of one of the panels. At right, the solar panels are being tested with a floodlight at NASA/GSFC. After these tests, the solar panels were removed, and will only be re-installed shortly before launch at Cape Canaveral. Click on either photo to see a larger version. (Photos from Aug. 1998, courtesy Orbital Sciences Corp.)