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Worker watches closely as NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer spacecraft is rotated in preparation for mating with the Pegasus XL vehicle.

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -A worker in the Multi-Payload Processing Facility watches closely as NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer spacecraft is rotated in preparation for mating with the Pegasus XL launch vehicle. The GALEX, set to launch April 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, will carry into space an orbiting telescope that will observe a million galaxies across 10 billion years of cosmic history to help astronomers determine when the stars and elements we see today had their origins. From its orbit high above Earth, the spacecraft will sweep the skies for 28 months using state-of-the-art ultraviolet detectors. Looking in the ultraviolet will single out galaxies dominated by young, hot, short-lived stars that give off a great deal of energy at that wavelength. These galaxies are actively creating stars, and therefore provide a window into the history and causes of star formation in galaxies.

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  • Title: Worker watches closely as NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer spacecraft is rotated in preparation for mating with the Pegasus XL vehicle.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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