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Science Week 17

TermDefinition
Telescope - a device that collects light from and magnifies images of distant objects
Probes - unmanned spacecrafts launched into space in order to collect data about the solar system
Rocket - a jet engine that operates like a firework rocket but carries its own oxygen for burning the fuel and is therefore able to run without the oxygen in air
Space Shuttle - a spacecraft designed to transport people and cargo between earth and space that can be used repeatedly
International Space Shuttle - 16 countries contributed to building a large spacecraft that orbits Earth and is home to astronauts since 2000
Chandra X-Ray Observatory - telescope specially designed to detect x-ray emission from very hot regions of the universe such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies and matter around black holes (1999)
Compton Gamma Ray Observatory - first gamma-ray observatory; mapped the Milky Way (1991)
Hubble Telescope - long term space based observatory carried out invisible, infrared and UV
Fermi-Gamma-Ray Telescope - the latest high energy gamma-ray observatory designed to study energetic phenomena from a variety of celestial sources
Spitzer Space Telescope - a spaceborne infrared observatory capable of studying objects ranging from our Solar System to the distant reaches of the universe (2003)
Created by: MHMSMartin