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Scorpio Monitor Experiment (SME)

NSSDCA ID: 1975-037A-03

Mission Name: SAS-C
Principal Investigator:Dr. George W. Clark

Description

A 12- by 50-deg FWHM slat collimator was oriented with its long axis perpendicular to the satellite spin axis such that a given point on the sky could be monitored for about 25% of a rotation. This collimator was inclined by 31 deg with respect to the equatorial plane of the satellite, so that Scorpio X-1 was observed while the Z axis was oriented to the Virgo cluster of galaxies. The detectors used in this experiment were proportional counters with 1-mm beryllium windows. The energy range was from 1.0 to 60 keV, and the total effective area was about 40 sq cm.

Alternate Names

  • SAS-C/SME
  • SME

Facts in Brief

Mass: 75.3 kg
Power (avg): 17.5 W

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Science (United States)

Discipline

  • Astronomy: X-Ray

Additional Information

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Personnel

NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Robert W. RascheGeneral ContactMassachusetts Institute of Technologyrrasche@as.arizona.edu
Dr. Hale V. BradtOther InvestigatorMassachusetts Institute of Technologyhale@mit.edu
Dr. Walter H. G. LewinOther InvestigatorMassachusetts Institute of Technologylewin@space.mit.edu
Dr. Herbert W. SchnopperOther InvestigatorDanish Space Research Institute
Dr. George W. ClarkPrincipal InvestigatorMassachusetts Institute of Technologygwc@space.mit.edu
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