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THE SHUTTLE BORNE ASTRONOMY MISSIONS

The general public often overlooks the varied payloads flown by the American space shuttle over its 30 years and 135 mission history.  Three of the missions were to focus on astronomical science using a variety of telescopes and instruments to examine our universe in a variety of fields, including visible light, x-ray and gamma rays.  These missions were pioneered by STS-51F flying the Spacelab 2 payload in 1985 and followed by two further astronomy missions flown as Astro 1 (STS-35) in 1990 and Astro 2 (STS-67) in  1995.  Other missions were planned but not flown.  This presentation reflects on the development and operations of these specialised space shuttle missions and results obtained from professional astronomers working in earth orbit.
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