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    American space scientists successfully launched a large observatory satellite from Cape Kennedy on Monday (21 August).

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    American space scientists successfully launched a large observatory satellite from Cape Kennedy on Monday (21 August). It will study the inter-stellar gas from which stars are formed and X-ray energy sources in space.

    Named "Copernicus", the satellite is the heaviest and most expensive unmanned scientific satellite yet launched by the United States. Its the fourth in a series of Orbiting Astronomical Observatories which cost $363 million (GBP148 million Sterling), but only one of the previous launches was successful.

    The satellite weighs 4,900 pounds (2,222 kilograms) and was launched on top of an Atlas-Centaur rocket.

    It carries equipment provided by Princeton University of the United States and the London University College of Britain. The Princeton experiment will use a 32-inch (82 centimetre) telescope to observe the distribution in deep space of the inter-stellar gas from which stars are formed.

    In the London University experiment, smaller telescopes will be used to study the sources of X-ray energy in space. More than two hundred of these sources have already been pin-pointed.

    The satellite is named after Nicolaus Copernicus, a fifteenth-century Polish monk who first established that earth was not the centre of the solar system.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABO1OZ32LX0BHNTLYXF5FTLLL7
    Media URN:
    VLVABO1OZ32LX0BHNTLYXF5FTLLL7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/08/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
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    N/A

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