An image of the AXAF Observatory
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Image courtesy of AXAF Science Center (ASC) operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Contest to Name X-ray Observatory
News story originally written on April 22, 1998
AXAF is the most powerful x-ray observatory ever constructed. AXAF stands for Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility--try saying that fast three times! It is scheduled for launch on December 3, 1998.
NASA is looking for a new name for the AXAF. Here are the details straight from a NASA news release!
Entries should contain the name of a person (not living),
place, or thing from history, mythology, or fiction. Contestants should describe in a few sentences why this choice would be a good name for AXAF. The name must not have been used before on space missions by NASA or other organizations or countries.
The grand prize will be a trip to NASA's Kennedy Space
Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, to see the launch of the satellite
aboard the Space Shuttle. Ten runner-up prizes will be awarded
and all entrants will receive an AXAF poster.
Entries also can be mailed to: AXAF Contest, AXAF Science
Center, Office of Education and Public Outreach, 60 Garden Street,
MS 83, Cambridge, MA 02138. Mailed entries must be postmarked no
later than June 30, 1998.
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