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Kuiper Airborne Observatory

(KAO)
(infrared observatory-plane in the 1980s)

Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO) was an aircraft-mounted 36-inch reflector Infrared (IR) telescope in operation from 1974 through 1995. It was a modified Lockheed C141-A Starlifter. It replaced the earlier Galileo Observatory (Convair 990 that crashed) and was replaced afterward by SOFIA, a Boeing 747.

KAO discovered among other things, the rings of Uranus and identified Pluto's Atmosphere.


(telescope,infrared,airborne,past)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuiper_Airborne_Observatory

Referenced by:
Galileo Observatory

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