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Ginga
A Japanese X-ray satellite, launched by ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science), that measured the time variability of X-rays from active galaxies and quasars in the energy range 1-500 keV. Ginga, which means "galaxy," was known before launch as Astro-C (see Astro- series). It was the third Japanese X-ray astronomy mission, following Hakucho and Tenma. Ginga reentered the Earth's atmosphere on November 1, 1991.


launch date Feb. 5, 1987
launch vehicle M-5
launch site Kagoshima
orbit 395 × 450 km × 31°
mass 420 kg


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   • X-ray satellites


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   • JAPANESE SPACECRAFT
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