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Name of Image: Image of the Eta Carinae Nebula Taken by the High Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO)-2
MIX #: 7995526
NIX #: 7995526 MSFC-7995526
Date of Image: 1979-01-01
Category: High Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO)

Full Description: This image is an x-ray view of Eta Carinae Nebula showing bright stars taken with the High Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO)-2/Einstein Observatory. The Eta Carinae Nebula is a large and complex cloud of gas, crisscrossed with dark lanes of dust, some 6,500 light years from Earth. Buried deep in this cloud are many bright young stars and a very peculiar variable star. The HEAO-2, the first imaging and largest x-ray telescope built to date, was capable of producing actual photographs of x-ray objects. Shortly after launch, the HEAO-2 was nicknamed the Einstein Observatory by its scientific experimenters in honor of the centernial of the birth of Albert Einstein, whose concepts of relativity and gravitation have influenced much of modern astrophysics, particularly x-ray astronomy. The HEAO-2, designed and developed by TRW, Inc. under the project management of the Marshall Space Flight Center, was launched aboard an Atlas/Centaur launch vehicle on November 13, 1978.
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Keywords: High Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO)-2, HEAO-2, Einstein Observatory, Eta Carinae Nebula
MSFC Negative Number: 7995526
Reference Number: MSFC-75-SA-4105-2C
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