The Multi-Spectral Solar Telescope Array:
1991 May 13
The MSSTA (right) is a cylindrical payload about six feet long and 22" in
diameter. The aluminum truss is in three sections (front, middle and rear)
and is capable of handling up to 22 optical elements (more if it were
possible to arrange things like a TARDIS ).
This flight carried seven Ritchey-Chrétien telescopes, two Cassegrain
telescopes, (one on each side), a number of Herschellian telescopes and the
Lockheed SPARCS LISS and MASS sun sensors.
These telescopes are secured within the payload and launched
atop a Terrier Black Brant IX
from the White Sands
Missile Range in New Mexico. The telescopes were carried to a peak
altitude of 230 km and remained out of the lower atmosphere for approximately
MSSTA is a joint project between NASA/MSFC and Stanford University.
Of course, the fun continues with the November 1994
Some Pictures From this Flight
||A legend for the images
- Wavelength: 17.3 nm
- Line: Fe IX and Fe X
- Temperature: 900,000 K
- Telescope: Ritchey-Chrétien
- Wavelength: 19.3 nm
- Line: Fe XII
- Temperature: 1,500,000 K
- Telescope: Herschellian
- Wavelength: 21.1 nm
- Line: Fe XIV
- Temperature: 2,500,000 K
- Telescope: Cassegrain
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