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The High Energy Astrophysics Group has developed, or has been a major contributor for, several instruments for space flight over the last third of a century. These instruments and the science they addressed are described in detail on the linked Web pages indicated below.

ALFE

Overview The Astronaut Lung Function Experiment (ALFE) was a project of Dr. West of the UCSD Medical Center to study…
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INTEGRAL

The International Gama-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) was launched in October, 2002 by a Russian Proton rocket into a highly eccentric…
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RXTE

Introduction The Bruno Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) was launched on December 30, 1995 from Cape Canaveral on a Delta…
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CGRO

The Compton Gama-Ray Observatory (CGRO) was launched April 5, 1991 from the Space Shuttle and it re-entered the atmosphere and…
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HEAO-1

Introduction HEAO-1 was the first of three spacecraft in NASA's High Energy Astronomy Observatory program. It was designed to survey…
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OSO-7

Introduction The OSO-7 satellite was launched on September 29, 1971 into a 93 minute, 33 degree inclination orbit. OSO-7 Launch…
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Apollo 15 & 16

Introduction The Gamma Ray Spectrometers on the two Apollo missions --- 15 and 16 --- were developed at UCSD and…
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ERS 17 &18

Introduction Environmental Research Satellites 17 & 18, part of the Octahedral Research Satellite Mark III series, were designed to provide…
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OSO-3

Introduction OSO-3 was designed to measure the ultraviolet through gamma ray radiation from the sun and the celestial sphere, and…
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OSO-1

OSO-1 Overview The first Orbiting Solar Observatory (NASA project S-16) was developed under NASA direction with Ball Brothers Research Corp…
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