SAO Satellite Experiment Launched

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A tethered-satellite experiment conceived and designed at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory was successfully launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The experiment confirmed that a 20 kilometer long, 0.8 centimeter thick, plastic cable could suspend a payload in space with a minimum of oscillation and swing.


  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annals of the Smithsonian Institution, 1994. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994, p. 21.

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March 9, 1994


  • Artificial satellites
  • Astrophysics
  • Science
  • Experiments
  • Astronomy
  • Research
  • Science--Experiments

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