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Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer
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The Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer spacecraft
Organization NASA
Mission type Atmospheric observation using UV telescope
Satellite of Earth
Launch date 6/7/92
Launch vehicle Delta II
Mission duration 6-7-92 to 1-30-02
Home page EUVE page at NASA-STScI (MAST)

The Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) was a space telescope for ultraviolet (UV) astronomy, launched on June 7, 1992. With instruments for UV radiation between wavelengths of 7 and 76 nm, the EUVE was the first satellite mission especially for the short-wave ultraviolet range. The satellite observed approximately 350 astronomical targets before re-entering the atmosphere on January 30, 2002.

The Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Spacecraft prior to launch

Mission goals

The goals of the mission included several different areas of observation using the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) range of frequencies:

  • To make an all-sky survey in the extreme ultraviolet band
  • To make a deep survey in the EUV range on two separate bandpasses
  • To make spectroscopic observations of targets found by other missions
  • To observe EUV sources such as hot white dwarfs and coronal stars
  • To study the composition of the interstellar medium using EUV spectroscopy
  • To determine whether it would be beneficial to create another, more sensitive EUV telescope


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