- Spacecraft Brief Description -
Spacelab 2, a NASA developed payload, had a configuration that included an
igloo attached to a lead pallet, with the Instrument Pointing Subsystem (IPS)
mounted on it, ... a two pallet train, and an experiment special support structure.
The flight objective was to demonstrate Spacelab's capabilities through a
multidisciplinary research program and to verify system performance.
Investigations in the field of astrophysics and solar astronomy included a sky
survey for extended infrared sources, x-ray imaging of cluster galaxies, cosmic
ray measurements, studies of small-scale structures on the sun's surface, and a
measurement of the coronal helium abundance. In addition, there were
measurements of: the solar ultraviolet flux; the plasma environment and plasma
processes near the Orbiter; and zero-gravity effects on technology processes
and on the behavior of liquid helium. Life sciences problems investigated
included bone demineralization in humans and lignin formation in plants.
- Auxiliary Information -
Launch Date and Time : 1985-07-29 21:00:00
Epoch Date and Time :
Apogee (km or AU): 321.
Perigee (km or AU): 312.
Inclination (degree) : 49.5
Orbit Type : Geocentric
Information last updated on 1992-06-19