Ultraviolet telescope planned


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A Johns Hopkins University astrophysicist has signed a 4 1/2-year, $5.9-million contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the design, construction, and operation of a telescope that will make ultraviolet measurements of quasars and galaxies from a steerable platform aboard the space shuttle. Dubbed the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope (HUT), NASA has scheduled the instrument's first flight on the shuttle for February 1985. A principal target on one of HUT's tnree subsequent scheduled flights will be Comet Halley, due to reach perihelion in March 1986.

Arthur F. Davidsen, a physics professor at Hopkins and the NASA contractor for HUT, said that the instrument is unique among telescopes because it will observe light in the extreme ultraviolet (500 to 1700A) of the electromagnetic spectrum.