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ISS: Russian space telescope to identify stars

Russian astronomers designing a new telescope, Lyra-B, they intend to install on board the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015.

“Lyra-B will be the first Russian space operating in the visible light spectrum and the first telescope installed on the ISS,” said Mikhail Prokhorov official of the Sternberg Astronomical Institute.

Long by 1.3 meter telescope will be equipped with a mirror 0.5 meters in diameter and weighing about 70 kg. Fixed on the outer surface of the ISS, it will be used to gather evidence for a new catalog which will include nearly 300 million stars and other celestial bodies.


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