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The discovery of the Uranus ring system

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Abstract

It was going to be a long flight, a flight that would leave Perth, Australia on the evening of March 10, 1977, and then, more than 10 hours later, return where it started. This was no ordinary flight and no ordinary plane. The flight was scheduled to leave Perth International Airport and head southwest over the south Pacific Ocean. The goal was to deliver a 0.9-m infrared telescope to an altitude of 12,500 m. At that height the telescope would be above most of the infrared-blocking atmospheric water vapor. The mission objective was to observe the first every predicted occultation of a star by the planet Uranus [1].

Keywords

Outer Ring Hubble Space Telescope Occultation Observation Occultation Data Occultation Event 
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3.5 Notes and References

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3.6 Bibliography

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