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    The United States space agency NASA has scheduled the launching of Europe's largest, heaviest and most complex space satellite -- the Thor-Delta 1A -- for Thursday (March 9) at the Lompoc range in California.

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    The United States space agency NASA has scheduled the launching of Europe's largest, heaviest and most complex space satellite -- the Thor-Delta 1A -- for Thursday (March 9) at the Lompoc range in California.

    The mission: to orbit the earth at about 350 miles (550 kms), to chart same 50,000 stellar objects in the ultra-violet range of the celestial sphere, and study X-ray stars in the Milky way which produce energy ten thousand times higher than that of visible light.

    Two experiments carried on the satellite are star-pointing telescopes expected to produce significant results for astronomical studies. Others will register radiation from the sun during the enormous explosions called solar flares. The experiments were devised by several European universities, and the satellite was constructed by European industry.

    SYNOPSIS: Unloading Europe's largest, heaviest and most complex space satellite -- the Thor-Delta One-A -- is a tricky business. But success in space is won on the ground. And for technicians at the European Space Research Centre in Holland, that means months of planning and precision tests.

    The mission: to put the satellite in orbit some 350 miles above the earth's surface and make a detailed map of the stars. Solar paddles will absorb the sun's rays to provide electrical power for the satellite. And antennae will fold out to measure radiation from the sun during the enormous explosions called solar flares. The satellite will scan the whole sky in the next six months.

    Ten years ago, astronomers discovered different kinds of stars to those we know -- the bright X-ray stars found mainly in the Milky Way.

    Precision is paramount. For not only is a detailed chart of the sky to be made. Scientists want to analyse the radiation they give off so they can determine the origin of this energy, which is ten thousand times higher than that of visible light. Now, it's all systems GO. A Thor-Delta is ready for launching.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEO7DSGWATA1HGFNE5961H2ZNY
    Media URN:
    VLVAEO7DSGWATA1HGFNE5961H2ZNY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
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