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The COBE mission - Its design and performance two years after launch
Boggess, N. W.; Mather, J. C.; Weiss, R.; Bennett, C. L.; Cheng, E. S.; Dwek, E.; Gulkis, S.; Hauser, M. G.; Janssen, M. A.; Kelsall, T.; Meyer, S. S.; Moseley, S. H.; Murdock, T. L.; Shafer, R. A.; Silverberg, R. F.; Smoot, G. F.; Wilkinson, D. T.; Wright, E. L.
AA(NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD), AB(NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD), AC(MIT, Cambridge, MA), AD(NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD), AE(NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD), AF(NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD), AG(JPL, Pasadena, CA), AH(NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD), AI(JPL, Pasadena, CA), AJ(NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD)
Astrophysical Journal, Part 1 (ISSN 0004-637X), vol. 397, no. 2, p. 420-429. (ApJ Homepage)
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Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite, Infrared Radiation, Microwaves, Relic Radiation, Spaceborne Astronomy, Astronomical Satellites, Radiation Measurement, Satellite Instruments
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The COBE mission, NASA's first space mission devoted primarily to cosmology, is described and the spacecraft concepts central to enabling the mission to achieve its scientific objectives are examined. The major components of the COBE instrument and spacecraft modules are shown and their characteristics are given. Early scientific results are summarized and plans for continuing satellite operations and data analysis are addressed.

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