Far-Ultraviolet Astronomy on the Astro-1 Space Shuttle Mission

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Science  15 Jan 1993:
Vol. 259, Issue 5093, pp. 327-334
DOI: 10.1126/science.259.5093.327


The Astro-1 mission obtained observations related to a wide variety of current problems in astronomy during a 9-day flight of the space shuttle Columbia. Early results from one of the instruments, the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope, are reviewed here. Among these are new insights concerning the origin of the ultraviolet light from the old stellar population in elliptical galaxies, new evidence for a hot, gaseous corona surrounding the Milky Way, improved views of the physical conditions in active galactic nuclei, and a measurement of the ionization state of the local interstellar medium.

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