Image of FUSE taken by a camera aboard the Delta II rocket. This is the first of its kind.
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NASA Launches Satellite to Study Big Bang
News story originally written on June 28, 1999
NASA launched its newest satellite on June 24, 1999 from Cape Canaveral.The Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) began its mission aboard the new Delta II rocket, which helped get the satellite into orbit. FUSE will be scientists' latest tool for uncovering the secrets of the Big Bang.
FUSE will use a a special instrument called a spectrograph. It can take light from distant objects and "break it apart". Scientists will study this light to find out what made up the universe when it just began.
Other topics that will be studied using FUSE include star formation and our own galaxy, the Milky Way. FUSE will start taking data in August.
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