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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's "Einstein" (HEAO-2) satellite is launched, carrying an x-ray telescope designed by scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.


  • Einstein, Albert 1879-1955
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1979, p. 358

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November 13, 1978


  • Artificial satellites
  • Astrophysics
  • Telescopes
  • Field Work
  • Astronomy

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