The ROSAT Satellite
Image credit: Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (MPE)
ROSAT was launched into low Earth orbit from Cape Canaveral on 1 June, 1990. It was turned off on 12 February, 1999.
Spacecraft operations were controlled from the German Space Operations Center
(GSOC) ground station in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Contact with the ground station occured for 8
minutes on five or six contiguous orbits out of 15 orbits per day. Thus there
were groups of contacts over an 8 hour period followed by a 16 hour period of no
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