ANS (Astronomische Nederlandse Satelliet)
A Dutch X-ray astronomy satellite notable for its discovery of X-ray
bursts and of the first X-rays from the corona of a star beyond the Sun (Capella).
The Universities of Groningen and Utrecht provided the ultraviolet and soft (longer wavelength) X-ray experiments, while NASA furnished a hard
(shorter wavelength) X-ray experiment built by American Science and Engineering
of Cambridge, Massachusetts. ANS operated until 1976.
||Aug. 30, 1974
||Vandenberg Air Force Base
||258 × 1,173 km × 98.0°
AND SPACE PROBES