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Spacecraft Construction

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1. Spacecraft Rollout
Technicians at TRW (now NGST) in Redondo Beach, Calif., prepare NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory for an official unveiling on Jan. 14, 1999.
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2. Spacecraft Rollout
Technicians at TRW (now NGST) in Redondo Beach, Calif., prepare NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory for an official unveiling on Jan. 14, 1999.
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3. Spacecraft Rollout
Technicians at TRW (now NGST) in Redondo Beach, Calif., prepare NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory for an official unveiling on Jan. 14, 1999. This marked the last opportunity to view the telescope before it is placed in a protective wrapping for shipping to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
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4. Spacecraft Rollout
Technicians at TRW (now NGST) in Redondo Beach, Calif., prepare NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory for an official unveiling on Jan. 14, 1999.
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5. Final CXO Spacecraft Assembly
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6. Final Exam of Chandra Spacecraft
NASA's 39-foot-tall satellite (CXO) is shown being prepared for insertion in a large grey thermal/vacuum chamber at TRW's (now NGST's) satellite production facilities, in Redondo Beach, CA. During the test, which lasts about one month, the chamber is pumped down to simulate the vacuum of space, then the satellite is exposed to alternate periods of extreme heat and extreme cold. The test is designed to verify that the CXO's subsystems can survive the extreme thermal environment in which they must operate.
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7. Final Exam of Chandra Spacecraft
NASA's 39-foot-tall satellite (CXO) is shown being prepared for insertion in a large grey thermal/vacuum chamber at TRW's (now NGST's) satellite production facilities, in Redondo Beach, CA.
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8. CXO Spacecraft
Technicians prepare main structural element (Bus) of CXO spacecraft for vibration testing at TRW (now NGST), Redondo Beach, CA.
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9. CXO Spacecraft
Technicians prepare main structural element (Bus) of CXO spacecraft for vibration testing at TRW (now NGST), Redondo Beach, CA.
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10. CXO Spacecraft
Technicians prepare main structural element (Bus) of CXO spacecraft for vibration testing at TRW (now NGST), Redondo Beach, CA.
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11. CXO Spacecraft
Technicians prepare main structural element (Bus) of CXO spacecraft for vibration testing at TRW (now NGST), Redondo Beach, CA.
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12. High and Low Energy Transmission Grating
Integration of high and low energy transmission gratings with CXO mirror at TRW (now NGST) spacecraft integration facility, Redondo Beach, CA.
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13. High and Low Energy Transmission Grating
Integration of high and low energy transmission gratings with CXO mirror at TRW (now NGST) spacecraft integration facility, Redondo Beach, CA.
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14. High and Low Energy Transmission Grating
Integration of high and low energy transmission gratings with CXO mirror at TRW (now NGST) spacecraft integration facility, Redondo Beach, CA.
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15. High and Low Energy Transmission Grating
Integration of high and low energy transmission gratings with CXO mirror at TRW (now NGST) spacecraft integration facility, Redondo Beach, CA.
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16. High and Low Energy Transmission Grating
Integration of high and low energy transmission gratings with CXO mirror at TRW (now NGST) spacecraft integration facility, Redondo Beach, CA.
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17. Final Telescope Assembly
Final assembly of CXO telescope by Eastman-Kodak engineers at TRW (now NGST) Satellite Integration Facility, Redondo Beach, CA, September 1997.
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18. Final Telescope Assembly
Final assembly of CXO telescope by Eastman-Kodak engineers at TRW (now NGST) Satellite Integration Facility, Redondo Beach, CA, September 1997.
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